What is Karim Benzema really risking? The Real striker, who will go to court in October, already knows what he risks.
It was confirmed on Tuesday that Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will go on trial in October this year.
The charges relate to allegations of the 33-year-old’s complicity in the sextape blackmail of his former France teammate Mathieu Valbuena.
It’s a case that lasted six years but will ultimately be the subject of a court ruling, with the trial taking place October 20-22 later this year.
Benzema is accused of acting as an intermediary between a group of blackmailers and Valbuena, who appeared in a sexually-oriented video.
The native of Bron is also accused of encouraging his international teammate to respond to requests from the blackmailers.
Valbuena refused the request, and Benzema was subsequently excluded from the France team, for facts dating back to 2015.
By law, the Real Madrid player could face a prison sentence of up to five years – in addition to a fine of € 60,000 – if found guilty.
As a reminder, this dark affair notably deprived Benzema of Euro 2016, lost in the final by the Blues against Portugal, before a success two years later in the World Cup, still without the Madrilenian. But faced with the current poverty of the French game, several voices are campaigning for its return …
But Didier Deschamps once made a decision and will undoubtedly stick to it. To be sure, it was enough to see his reaction last Sunday in Kazakhstan, bordering on giggles when a journalist dared to ask a question about Benzema, who remains to this day stuck at 27 goals in 81 caps.