December 6, 2021 5:03 pm

Madrid forward Benzema absent for blackmail trial in France

VERSAILLES, France (AP) — Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema wasn’t present Wednesday for the opening of his three-day trial for involvement in an alleged attempt to blackmail former France teammate Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape.The 33-year-old Benzema’s legal team told the court in Versailles that professional obligations made it “impossible” for him to attend.…

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