A French court on Wednesday gave Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema a one-year suspended sentence for complicity in a bid to coerce his former France partner Mathieu Valbuena with a sex tape.
The sentence was harder than that looked for by prosecutors against the 33-year-old player over the 2015 coercion attempt, which led Benzema to be kept out of the France team for five-and-a-half years.
Benzema was not in court in the Paris suburb of Versailles for the ruling, which comes hours before Real Madrid take on Sheriff Tiraspol in a Champions League game in Moldova.
His team of defense immediately reported plans for an allure.
Speaking to journalists at the town hall, one of his lawyers, Sylvain Cormier, said he was very shocked by the ruling.
The arraignment had called for Benzema, who was one of five individuals charged over an undertaking that shook the French national team, to be allowed a 10-month suspended sentence.
Benzema didn’t go to his trial last month, citing proficient responsibilities.
The decision isn’t expected to harm his career, with French football organization president Noel Le Graet saying he could keep his place in Les Bleus regardless of whether indicted and Real Madrid additionally remaining strong of their star player.
Be that as it may, Benzemas’s conviction nonetheless cast a pall over his stunning rebound to the national group recently following years-in length nonattendance.
Benzema has scored multiple times since being recalled by France chief Didier Deschamps for the Euro 2020 finals postponed by a year due to the Covid pandemic making him the fifth-most elevated scorer throughout the entire existence of Les Bleus.