Karim Benzema has heard the verdict in connection with the blackmailing of Mathieu Valbuena. The court found the Real Madrid player guilty.
The case began in 2015. The French was to persuade Valbuena to pay for the non-disclosure of the sixth with his participation. A total of five people were charged.
The court found the Madrid attacker guilty of the alleged offense. However, it was noted in the judgment that the footballer was not aware of the criminal nature of his actions. It does not change the fact that he participated in the plot and used deception against the victim.
According to the court, Benzema did not act for financial reasons. The driving force for him was his friendship with Karim Zenatti. It was to him that the footballer directed Valbuena.
Benzema was sentenced to one year suspended imprisonment. For this he will have to pay a fine of 75 thousand euros.
– We’ll appeal. It’s necessary. Benzema is nothing to be ashamed of. He will be acquitted – said Sylvain Cormier, the footballer’s lawyer.
Benzema was not in the courtroom while the sentence was read. Tonight his Real Madrid will play away with Sheriff Tiraspol in the Champions League.
The 33-year-old will not be excluded from the French national team for the time being. Even before the announcement of the verdict, it was announced by the head of the local football association, Noel Le Graet.