Breaking: Karim Benzema handed 1-year suspended prison sentence

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The striker was accused of complicity in an attempt to blackmail fellow footballer Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape found on his phone.

The case dates back to June 2015, when the two footballers were at a France training camp and would, at the time, lead to Benzema being banished from the national team up until earlier this year when he was re-called ahead of Euro 2020.

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Benzema was on trial with four other men accused of trying to blackmail Valbuena.

And, on Wednesday morning, Benzema would be found guilty and handed a one-year suspended prison sentence and a €75,000 fine:

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Benzema’s lawyer has announced that they will be appealing:

“It was clearly stated by the court that K. Benzema was not aware of the preliminary maneuvers. (…) We are quite flabbergasted by this judgment. The appeal is necessary. He will be exonerated at the height of this appeal. “

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