Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will stand trial after being charged by prosecutors with being complicit in a conspiracy to blackmail his former France teammate Mathieu Valbuena in a case linked to a sex tape, his lawyer mentioned on Thursday.
Investigators alleged that Benzema, who has not performed for Les Bleus since October 2015, inspired Valbuena to pay blackmailers in order that the tape wouldn’t be made public.
Benzema has denied wrongdoing and a trial date has not but been set.
“We are unfortunately not surprised by this decision, which is as absurd as it was expected,” Benzema’s lawyer, Sylvain Cormier, informed Reuters.
“I am dismayed to note that one is forced to distort the elements gathered in the investigation to justify sending my client before the tribunal. We will explain ourselves before the judges of the tribunal to demonstrate this abuse.”
Benzema, 33, has scored 261 targets in 533 video games with Real Madrid and located the online 27 instances in 81 video games for France.