France suspends Real Madrid Karim Benzema over sex-video scandal

Karim Benzema
Despite Karim Benzema’s denial of any wrong doing, the French Football Federation still sanctioned him by suspending him indefinitely from the France team due to the conspiracy of blackmail he was charged with.

Benzema was said to have had a connection with the alleged attempt to blackmail international team mate, Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape.

"I have decided, it's a decision from the president of the French federation and not from the executive committee or the ethics committee, that Karim Benzema cannot play for France until the situation evolves," Noel Le Graet told a news conference.

"As long as the judicial system has not decided that everything that has been published on Benzema is excessive, the federation will not change its mind," he added while suggesting that the judge handling the case should set up a meeting between the two players.

Le Graet was not specific but his ruling probably means Benzema cannot be called up by the national team until he is convicted or cleared of the alleged offence.

Since the French Media leaked the transcript of Benzema’ hearing with the judge, the scandal has remained in the public domain.