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Karim Benzema, found guilty; What will happen to the forward?

French striker Karim Benzema has been found guilty as an accessory to the blackmail attempt with an intimate video to his former teammate in


French striker Karim Benzema has been found guilty as an accessory to the blackmail attempt with an intimate video to his former teammate in the French National Team, Mathieu Valbuena. The Real Madrid star has been sentenced to one year in prison with suspended sentences.

“Benzema was personally involved (…) to convince his teammate to accept the blackmail,” said the Versailles correctional court, for whom the forward showed “some joy” and “no benevolence” with Valbuena.

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In this way, Karim Benzema was found guilty and with a prison sentence of more than 10 months requested by the prosecution, but imposed the same fine requested by the public prosecutor: 75 thousand euros (87 thousand dollars).

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After the verdict, the lawyers of Karim Benzema, who he was not throughout the trial due to professional issues who prevented him, has announced a future appeal for the conviction.

“The reaction is finally a reaction of anger”, assured the lawyer Sylvain Cormier, who charged against “a very harsh, unjust and unproven penalty.” The defense claimed that the “intentional element” of the crime did not occur.

Similarly, in their arguments the representatives of the prosecution emphasized that the star of the French team should set an example, as “bearer of an image, a hope, a notoriety and moral values”.

Karim Benzema was found guilty of blackmail

What will happen to France and Real Madrid?

Although this scandal left Benzema out of a five-year period from the French National Team, but he returned for Euro 2021, the conviction seems that it will not pass a sports bill one year after the tournament. Qatar World Cup 2022.

On the other hand, the President of the French Football Federation (FFF), Noël Le Graët indicated that his performance with the ‘Bleus’ “will not be excluded” even if he is convicted.

While Real Madrid seems unlikely that the Spanish team sanctions one of its best footballers, who is essential in LaLiga and UEFA Champions League for the Blanco team.

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