TURIN – Karim Benzema waives the appeal on the much-discussed sextape case. The French striker of the real Madridfresh winner of the Ligaof the Champions and favorite in the race for the next Ballon d’Or, has announced that he will not attend the trial before the Court of Appeal of Versailles scheduled for the next June 30th And first of July: the proceedings saw the French protagonist in the dock for competition in attempted extortion and sentenced in November 2021 to one year of probation, to a fine of 75 thousand euros and al compensation of 80 thousand towards the former team-mate of the national team, Mathieu Valbuena.
Benzema, the lawyer specifies: “Dietrofront does not mean admitting guilt”
After six long years, a story has caused a sensation, especially between the French borders: the step backwards of the star of the real Madrid it was given by the lawyer Hugues Vigier and will be notified to the parties by Court of Versailles Tuesday. The lawyer of the future Ballon d’Or had specified that Benzema’s resignation did not “it is an admission of guilt. It is a judicial truth, but it is not the reality. My client is tired of this story, he will always declare himself innocent and never wanted to participate in blackmail against Valbuena. This hearing would change nothing“, the lawyer told L’Equipe. Benzema was the only one of the five convicts to have challenged the sentence and his former lawyer, Antoine Vey, had announced that the player would appear before the judges to personally explain his version of events. Now, however, the definitive turnaround.
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Benzema, the scandal and exile from the national team
Six and a half years have passed since the events, which took place during a meeting of the French national team at the Clairefontaine training center in October 2015, and concern a red light video starring Mathieu Valbuena and his girlfriend. For the judges Benzema he had personally undertaken to convince his national team mate to get in touch with the blackmailers, pay and thus prevent the spread of the video. However, the scandal had a direct impact on the career of the footballer, who was ousted from the national team for more than that five years and returned only to the team of Didier Deschamps before last year’s European Championships. The announcement of the decision comes just hours after France’s 2-1 defeat against Denmark, in which Benzema scored the reigning world champions’ goal.
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