Monday, January 24

Mathieu Valbuena sextape case: Karim Benzema fixed on his fate

Involved in the case of the sextape linked to Mathieu Valbuena, his former teammate with the Blues, Karim Benzema will know the judgment pronounced by the criminal court of Versailles this Wednesday, November 24.

In the file, the Real Madrid striker is accused of having participated in the blackmail organized against the former OM player about his sextape. “Benzema is not a good Samaritan who came to help, he acted to allow the negotiators to achieve their ends and the blackmailers to touch money”, explained the prosecutor Ségolène Marés during the hearing on last month.

A call made by the goalscorer of the France team to his childhood friend Karim Zenati on October 6, 2015 had sown doubt. “He does not take us seriously,” said the former OL center forward, a sign according to the prosecutor that the latter “is included in the project”.

On the defense side, all the lawyers regretted the lack of consistency of the file, denouncing superfluous media treatment in relation to the alleged facts.

Noël Le Graët supports Karim Benzema

Two weeks ago, Noël Le Graët, the boss of the French Football Federation, gave his support to the French striker, indicating that he would not “be excluded” in the event of a judicial sanction.

For the reading of the decision this Wednesday at 9:30 am, the 33-year-old player will not be present since his Spanish club will be traveling in the evening to Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova) on behalf of the 5e matchday of the Champions League group stage.

The plaintiff Mathieu Valbuena, who plays for Olympiakos (Greece), will also be absent on Wednesday. His club will face Fenerbahçe (Turkey) Thursday night at 9 p.m. in the Europa League.

10 months suspended sentence required by the prosecution

During the hearing, the prosecution requested a 10-month suspended prison sentence and a 75,000 euros fine against the attacker trained in Lyon. In the event of conviction, he could appeal and again benefit from the presumption of innocence.

Prosecutors have requested sentences ranging from 18 months suspended to four years in prison for the other four defendants, prosecuted for attempted blackmail.

In the race to win the Golden Ball on Monday, November 29, Karim Benzema received weighty support, that of the legendary French playmaker, Zinédine Zidane.

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