Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been ordered to appear in front of a judge as he continues to be investigated over an alleged plot to blackmail France international Mathieu Valbuena over a sextape.
Benzema was arrested on Wednesday morning in France and questioned over the scandal which also saw former France striker Djibril Cisse taken into custody last month.
Cisse was released after being questioned by police but Benzema has been referred to the investigating judge in the Versailles courthouse, according to a report from AFP. The news agency says Benzema, who plays with Valbuena for the France national team, emerged from the headquarters of the judicial police at Versaille at around 9am CET on Thursday.
The judge will decide whether to charge the striker. Involvement in a blackmail plot can attract a five-year prison sentence in France. “Karim Benzema was taken to the courthouse to be brought before a judge who will decide later on in the procedure,” said a public prosecutor. “The judge will decide at the end of this presentation the status of Karim Benzema in the procedure, particularly his possible indictment or his placement under the status of assisted witness.”