Karim Benzema, a former Lyon player who plays for Real Madrid, was sentenced to one year in prison on Wednesday, November 24.

The court of Versailles handed down its verdict on Wednesday, November 24: Karim Benzema was sentenced to one year probation and a fine of 75,000 euros in the case of the six-figure loss of his former teammate Mathieu Valbuena. The player decided to appeal.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema was prosecuted for “aiding and abetting extortion” in the six-match case of Mathieu Valbuena, his former French team-mate. The court in Versailles found him guilty on Wednesday, November 24, and sentenced him to one year probation and a fine of 75,000 euros.
Selon la justicee, “Karim Benzema became personally involved with the insistence on trying to convince Mathieu Valbuena to meet her trusted husband”.
The player will appeal this verdict.

Facts took place six years ago. Several protagonists are then involved in the Mathieu Valbuena sex tape affair.

Karim Zenati is a childhood friend of Karim Benzema. He has been convicted several times by the courts.

“Luka” is an undercover police officer who acts as an intermediary for the complainant, Mathieu Valbuena.

Younès Houass, it is he who calls Mathieu Valbuena on June 3, 2015 to tell him about the existence of the sextape. He is believed to be one of the three blackmailers. The entrepreneur has been gravitating in the world of football for several years.

Mustapha Zouaoui, nicknamed “Sata”, is one of the alleged blackmailers. He is a man who gravitates in the middle of professional football, especially Marseillais. It provides players with luxury accessories. He is a friend of Axel Angot, also involved in the affair.

Axel Angot is a man who gravitates in the middle of Marseille football. He takes care of several players’ computer equipment. He encounters an intimate video of Mathieu

On October 20, 2021, the trial opened. Four other people appear in court in Versailles. Mustapha Zouaoui, Younes Houass and Karim Zenati are prosecuted for ”attempted extortion”. Axel Angot for ”attempts at extortion and breach of trust”.
The prosecution had requested 10 months ‘conditional imprisonment against Karim Benzema and a fine of 75,000 euros, 18 months’ imprisonment and a fine of 15,000 euros against Axel Angot, 4 years ‘imprisonment and 15,000 euros’ fine against Mustapha Zouaoui, 18 months ‘imprisonment and 5 months’ imprisonment. . euro fine to Younes Houass finally two years in prison and 5,000 euro fine against Karim Zenati.

While the French team has just played one friendly match against Armenia and another against Denmark, the case of the six-match against Mathieu Valbuena, player from Olympique Lyonnais at the time of the facts broke.

  • A few months earlier, in June 2015, Mathieu Valbuena received several phone calls from men urging him to pay them more than 100,000 euros for not broadcasting a sex tape, an intimate video of him and his partner.

Valbuena immediately lodged a complaint, and investigators from Versailles’ judicial police set a trap for those involved. Several police custody arrests follow, including Djibril Cissé, who will be quickly removed from the case.

  • In October 2015, the French team met at their training center in Clairefontaine. Mathieu Valbuena and Karim Benzema would have had a discussion about this sex tape. Karim Zenati, Karim Benzema’s childhood friend, would have asked him to convince Mathieu Valbuena.

Karim Benzema will later say that he is ”intervened in a friendly way towards Mathieu Valbuena, to tell him not to give up“But the involvement of his childhood friend casts doubt on that.

  • In November, Karim Benzema, in turn, was taken into police custody and charged. He is excluded from the French team by coach Didier Deschamps. He will also not play the European Championship 2016 at home. Mathieu Valbuena will not be selected with Habs either.

Noël Le Graët, president of the FFF, the French Football Federation, had stated that in the event of a “legal sanction”, Karim Benzema would “not be excluded” from the French team. Tricolor voter Didier Deschamps has repeated many times that he makes “sporting choices”.
Finally, Real Madrid have always supported their star in this affair. Real, who also play Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldovan club) tonight in the group stage of the Champions League

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