Karim Benzema will receive the verdict on November 24 in the criminal trial over the extortion of his former teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

In addition to the Real Madrid striker, four other people are on trial for their part in the crime.

The Public Prosecution Service (OM) has demanded a conditional prison sentence of ten months and a fine of 75,000 euros against Benzema.

The other four suspects have been demanded unconditional prison sentences of several years, also with hefty fines.

Benzema is suspected of encouraging Valbuena to pay money to blackmailers who threatened to distribute a sex video of his former French national teammate.

The France international has always claimed that he is innocent and that he has actually tried to help Valbuena on this thorny issue.

His lawyers have applied to the court in Versailles for an acquittal.

The affair, which dates back to 2015, caused Benzema to lose his place in the national team.

He made his long-awaited return to the world champion last summer at the age of 33.

The now 37-year-old Valbuena also lost his place in the French selection.

The current Olympiacos player was not called up afterwards.

Karim Benzema and Mathieu Valbuena in 2014 with the French national team.

Karim Benzema and Mathieu Valbuena in 2014 with the French national team.

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