Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema sentence over sex tape blackmail scandal
France and Real Madrid forward, Karim Benzema has been handed a one-year suspended jail sentence and €75,000 fine after being found guilty in a sex tape blackmail case.
Benzema, was charged with complicity in an attempted scheme to blackmail former teammate Mathieu Valbuena with a stolen sex tape.
Valbuena, who currently plays in Greece, has not played for France since the incident.
Benzema, now 33, was provisionally suspended by the French soccer federation.
Both he and Valbuena, now 37, were left off the roster for the 2016 European Championship and 2018 World Cup, the latter of which France won.
Benzema, who has denied wrongdoing, was recalled to Les Bleus in May after more than five years away.
“Why now?” French Coach Didier Deschamps said at the time of Benzema’s inclusion.
“I don’t have the capacity and no one does, not even Karim, of going back and changing the past. The most important thing is today and the future.”