Real Madrids Karim Benzema Gets 1-Year Suspended Sentence Over Sex Tape

Karim Benzema’s lawyers announced plans for an appeal.© 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’s lawyers announced plans for an appeal.

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