Famous Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema has been given a one-year suspended prison sentence after being found guilty of blackmailing his former France international team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.
Benzema was charged on Nov. 5 as part of an investigation into the alleged blackmail. He stood trial last month for his role in former Lyon and France team-mate Valbuena being blackmailed over a sex tape ahead of a friendly against Armenia five years ago.
The Real Madrid striker has also been fined €75,000 for his role in the criminal scheme. And he will be sent to prison if any crime is committed in this one year suspension. However he will be allowed to stay out side for time being.
Benzema’s lawyer said they would appeal the decision: “We are quite flabbergasted by this judgment. An appeal is necessary. He will be exonerated at the height of this appeal.” However the striker had denied any involvement in the incident.
Karim Mostafa Benzema is a French professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Real Madrid and the France national team whose skills of creative forward and finishing makes him, the 33 years old is regarde as one of the best strikers in the world.