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Real Madrid striker Benzema absent for Valbuena blackmail trial

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema was absent Wednesday for the opening of a three-day trial for his involvement in an alleged attempt to blackmail former France teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

The 33-year-old Benzema's legal team told the court in Versailles that professional obligations made it "impossible" for him to attend. Valbuena's lawyer said he deplored the absence, reports Marca.

Benzema played for Madrid in Kyiv on Tuesday against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League. Madrid plays again Sunday against Barcelona in the Spanish league. Four other people accused of attempted blackmail in the case were present in court.

Benzema is on trial for complicity in attempted blackmail. The charges are punishable by up to five years in prison and a 75,000 euro ($87,400) fine. Benzema has denied wrongdoing.


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