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Karim Benzema: French footballer guilty in sex tape blackmail case


France and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been found guilty of conspiring to blackmail a fellow French footballer with a sex tape.

A judge sentenced Benzema to one year in prison with a one-year suspension and ordered him to pay a €75,000 (£63,000; $84,000) fine.

Benzema, 33, was one of five people charged last month in connection with an extortion attempt on Frenchman Mathieu Valbuena.

The scandal stunned the French football community, and both players were stripped of their national team spots.

The case began in June 2015, when the two footballers were attending a training camp in France.

Prosecutors claim that at the camp, Benzema put pressure on Valbuena to pay off the blackmailers with whom he had conspired to act as an intermediary.

Benzema has always denied the allegations, claiming he was only attempting to assist Valbuena in removing the compromising video.

The player has since returned to the France team and is expected to start for Real Madrid against FC Sheriff Tiraspol in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Benzema, who plays for the Greek club Olympiakos, was not present in court in Versailles for the verdict, nor was Valbuena.

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