Friday 19 February 2016

Karim Benzema Can Now Play For France

A magistrate has lifted the ban placed on strikers Karim Benzema and Mathieu Valbuena after Benzema was suspected of trying to blackmail Valbuena over a sex video. Since the bad the two have not been able to play on the same side.

The public prosecutor appealed, but dropped an earlier statement that the ban would have to stay in place until the appeal was heard. The magistrate separately upheld a ban on Benzema contacting other people linked to the investigation.

Benzema was suspended indefinitely from the France team because of suspicion of involvement in a scam to blackmail Valbuena over a video sex tape. Being allowed to meet Lyon midfielder Valbuena could, at least in theory, enable the two to play for the same team, although French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said the 27-year-old should not play for his country before being cleared.

The French national soccer federation (FFF) has indicated Benzema, who has scored 27 goals in 81 appearances for his country, cannot be called up by the national team until he is convicted or cleared of the alleged offence. Similar cases in France have dragged on for months and there is no guarantee this investigation will be completed before the country hosts Euro 2016 in June.

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