French footballers Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema have been placed under judicial investigation for soliciting sex with an under-age prostitute.
It follows hours of questioning of both men by the Paris vice squad. They were later allowed home.
French international Ribery’s lawyer, Sophie Bottai, insists the Bayern Munich winger did not know the girl involved was under 18 at the time. Benzema has previously maintained he has done nothing wrong.
Back in April, the woman at the centre of the case, Zahia, gave an interview implicating players, while denying being a prostitute. She agrees she did not inform Ribery of her real age.
Press reports suggest he and Real Madrid’s Benzema were clients of a nightclub in the upmarket Champs-Elysees district, allegedly frequented by escorts.
The case has further tarnished the image of French football after a disastrous World Cup.