The court went one step further than the prosecutor in Wednesday’s ruling, who only demanded a 10-month suspended sentence for Benzema.
“The court made it clear that Benzema was unaware of the previous conspiracy, and in the end they said without any evidence,’he can’t and don’t know,'” said Sylvan Cormil, a lawyer for Benzema. Enter the court after the sentence is pronounced.
“They condemned him with a very severe and unfair sentence without evidence. I am very shocked by this ruling.”
Benzema’s legal team stated that the 33-year-old player will be exonerated in the “appeal court.”
“Of course we will appeal because Benzema has done nothing wrong in this matter,” Cormyr said.
Valbuena’s lawyer Paul Albert Evans declined to comment on Benzema’s verdict.
The case involved the existence of a sex tape containing Valbuena, who currently plays for the Greek club Olympiacos.
Benzema is accused of putting pressure on Valbuena, who is fighting alongside the French national team’s Real Madrid star, to pay the blackmailers to prevent the video from being made public.
Benzema is currently the top scorer in La Liga. He was initially banned by the French national team for this case, but has returned to the national team to participate in the 2020 European Cup.
When asked by CNN, neither Real Madrid nor the French Football Association immediately commented.
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