Court Gives France’s Benzema One Year Suspended Over Sex Tape

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In this file photo taken on October 24, 2021, Real Madrid’s French forward Karim Benzema looks on as he warms up prior to the Spanish League football match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. LLUIS GENE / AFP

A French court on Wednesday gave Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema a one-year suspended sentence for complicity in a bid to blackmail his former France team-mate, Mathieu Valbuena, with a sex tape.

The sentence was tougher than that sought by prosecutors against the 33-year-old player over the 2015 extortion attempt, which led Benzema to be cast out of the France team for five-and-a-half years.

Benzema was not in court in the Paris suburb of Versailles for the verdict, which comes hours before Real Madrid take on Sheriff Tiraspol in a Champions League game in Moldova.

His defence team immediately announced plans for an appeal.

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