Karim Benzema already knows the verdict of the trial for the sextape case. The court of Versailles has found him guilty of complicity in the attempt to blackmail his former partner Mathieu Valbuena: one year of conditional prison, which he will have to serve in the event of a repeat offense, and a fine of 75,000 euros. The court ruled that Benzema did not realize the criminal nature of his actions and the Real Madrid player will not go to prison. The decision of the Court of Versailles comes a few hours before the player plays in Tiraspol (Moldova) the decisive match of the Champions League against the Sheriff and also five days after the winner of the Ballon d’Or is known, for which is one of the favorites. Benzema’s defense will appeal.
The “Valbuena case”, in which the Madridista intervened in 2015 at the request of a childhood friend, in turn contacted by the alleged blackmailers who had a video of sexual content of the then Lyon player, appears as a stain in the extraordinary moment the striker goes through. Become a key player in Madrid, Benzema recovered his position in the French team a few months ago, from which precisely this scandal separated him for five years. His exceptional form has also led him to regain a decisive position in Didier Deschamps’ scheme, which is why everything sporting smiles at the player.
LThe sentence will not cloud the reconciliation between Benzema and the French federation since its president, Noël Le Graët, assured that his continuity in the selection would not depend on the verdict and that Deschamps will have the last word. Nor will it affect the voting for the Ballon d’Or, since the journalists who vote for that prestigious award that France Football magazine has given since 1956 already cast their votes weeks ago. Benzema was the only one of the five defendants who did not travel to Versailles, on the outskirts of Paris, during the three days that the process lasted, alleging his sports commitments.
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