EurosportKarim Benzema has been handed a one-year suspended sentence and fined 75,000 Euros after he was found guilty of complicity in the attempted blackmail of Mathieu Valbuena. The Real Madrid forward has always denied any wrongdoing but prosecutors argued he had encouraged former France international team-mate Valbuena to pay some blackmailers in order to keep a sexually explicit tape private.
Karim Mostafa Benzema is a French professional footballer, who is regarded as one of the best strikers across the world.
However, Benzema did not attend the trial previous month. Moreover, he was absent for the verdict, will plea the conviction.
Subsequently, lawyer Antoine Vey said, “This outcome in no way corresponds with the reality of events.”
The four other respondents on trial were handed sentences of between 18 months suspended to two-and-a-half years in prison by a Versailles court.
Meanwhile, the case dates back to June 2015.