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Real Madrid Star Karim Benzema Handed Suspended Sentence

France and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been given a one year suspended prison sentence for attempted sexual blackmail of his former teammate Valbuena. In addition the judge ordered Benzema to pay a fine of €75,000. The case dates back to June 2015 when the two footballers were at France training camp.

Benzema, who had denied any wrongdoing was not in court. He is due to play for the Spanish club against Moldovian side Sheriff later tonight in the Champions League. Benzema and Valbuena both lost their places in the national team in the wake of the scandal.

Benzema returned to the France national team earlier this year, playing at Euro 2020 and starring in their UEFA Nations League final win. He is the top scorer in LaLiga so far this season with 10 goals. Valbuena now at Olympiakos in Greece has not played for his country since the incident occurred.

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