Real Madrid star, Karim Benzema is set to face trial in October for his alleged involvement in blackmailing former France team-mate, Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape, as per the Versailles prosecutor’s office.
Benzema is expected to stand trial from the 20-22 of October on the charge of complicity in attempted blackmail, with the Frenchman suspected of pressuring Valbuena in 2015 to pay blackmailers who threatened to reveal an intimate video of his.
As per the investigators, the Frenchman was approached by a childhood friend to act as an intermediary and convince Valbuena to deal directly with the blackmailers, only for Valbuena to inform the police instead.
This alleged accusation on Benzema's part led to a deluge of criticism from a number of quarters, including the then Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who stated that the striker did not deserve a place in the France team.
Widely considered as one of the best strikers of his generation, the 33-year-old last played for France in 2015 and has so far made 81 appearances for them while scoring 27 goals. With the attacking riches at their disposal, it is unlikely that current national manager, Didier Deschamps will select him in the squad anytime soon.