- The scandal astonished the football community in France and saw Benzema excluded from France’s national soccer team.
- The case dates back to June 2015, when the two footballers were at a French training camp.
France and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema was on Wednesday found guilty by a French court of conspiring to blackmail fellow French footballer Mathieu Valbuena with a sex tape.
A judge handed Benzema a one-year suspended jail term and ordered him to pay a €75,000 (KSh 9.4 million) fine.
The French forward was one of the five people put on trial last month over the 2015 extortion attempt over a sexually explicit video that was stolen from Valbuena’s phone.
Benzema was excluded from France’s national soccer team for more than five years due to the scandal which shocked the football community.
The case dates back to June 2015, when the two footballers were at a French training camp.
Benzema claimed he was only trying to help his fellow player when he approached him about the sex tape at the French team’s training center in October 2015 and told him he could help him find someone to ‘manage’ the issue of the video.
Karim Benzema was recalled for EURO 2020
In May 2021, France’s head coach Didier Deschamps named the Real Madrid striker in his squad for the EURO 2020 ending his five-year hiatus from the national team setup.
Benzema continues to shine for the Blaugrana and is in action tonight as they face Sherriff in the penultimate game of their Champions League group stage seeking to secure qualification to the knockout stages of Europe’s premier competition.
Mathieu Valbuena now plies his trade for Greek Super League club Olympiacos.