Paris, First Published Nov 24, 2021, 5:56 PM IST
Paris: French footballer Karim Benzema has been sentenced by a French court to one year in prison and fined 75,000 euros for blackmailing a teammate with a sex tape tape. Mathieu Valbuena has been sentenced by a French court to life in prison for allegedly blackmailing teammate Mathieu Valbuena. In addition, a Versailles court has fined Benzema 80,000 euros in court costs for Welbuna.
The court has now come to a verdict in an incident that took place six years ago. The court also convicted four people who were found guilty along with Benzema. Benzema will not have to spend time in jail as his sentence is suspended. Meanwhile, Benzema’s lawyer said he would appeal against the court ruling.
Benzema and Welbuna did not appear in court to hear the verdict. Benzema is Real Madrid’s striker in the Spanish league. Welbuna is currently playing for Olympiacos in the Greek League. The controversy erupted in June 2015 in French football. Both were teammates in the France team at the time.
The main allegation was that Benzema tried to seduce some people by threatening to release a pornographic video related to Welbuna at the national team camp and forcing them to pay. Welbuna, along with four others, claimed that Benzema was trying to extort money from him. But Benzema said he was trying to resolve the issue through mediation.
Benzema and Welbuna were dropped from the French national team following the allegations. Benzema was left out of the squad for the 2016 Euro Cup and the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Benzez then accused French coach Didier Deschamps of racially isolating him. Benzez, 33, returned to the national team after a gap of six years at the last Euro Cup. Benzema also scored four goals in four games for France in the Euro Cup.
Last Updated Nov 24, 2021, 5:56 PM IST