Madrid, Jan 8 (AFP/APP): Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane backed striker Karim Benzema to focus “on his job and his family” and not get distracted by having to face a blackmail trial over a sex tape.
Benzema, 33, is accused of involvement in a plot to extort money from former France teammate Mathieu Valbuena by threatening to make a sex video public.
The French star has described the trial as a “farce”. “I fully support him, I am with him, I know very well that these are not situations which are easy,” said Zidane at a news conference on Friday.”
The most important thing is that he is fine, he disregards all that. He focuses on what he loves, on his job, on his family that he loves.
A date for the trial of Benzema as well as four other men has not yet been set. Benzema made 81 international appearances for France but has not been selected for his country since the sex-tape affair came to light in 2015.
He has argued during the long investigation into the accusations a police officer used dishonest methods to draw him into the affair.
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