• Striker alleged to have tried to blackmail Matthieu Valbuena
  • Benzema denies wrongdoing and lawyer says move ‘absurd’

The Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema will face trial for his alleged involvement in an attempt to blackmail his former France teammate Matthieu Valbuena in a “sex tape” scandal, the Versailles prosecutor’s office said on Thursday.

Benzema is suspected of having pressured his former national team teammate to pay blackmailers who threatened to reveal an intimate video in which Valbuena featured. He will stand trial on the charge of conspiracy to attempt blackmail, the prosecutor’s office said. A date for the trial has yet to be set.

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