Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema is to face trial over his alleged involvement in the attempted blackmail of Mathieu Valbuena relating to a sex tape apparently featuring the Olympiakos star.
Benzema is accused of trying to extort money from his fellow France international ahead of a friendly against Armenia five years ago.
And, according to AFP, the French forward has now been informed by the Versailles prosecutor’s office that he will be taken to court at an as yet unspecified date.
Benzema, who denies any wrongdoing, has been overlooked for international duty with France ever since the allegations made against him.
The 33-year-old has not figured for Les Bleus since November 2015, when the last of his 81 caps was earned.
A succession of national team coaches have kept him on the outside looking in, despite impressive standards being maintained at club level with Madrid.
Benzema, however, has remained a prolific source of goals for the Blancos, with 261 efforts recorded through 533 appearances.
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