After Les Bleus embarassing performance at the World Cup, you would be forgiven for thinking that it couldn’t get any worse for French football.
But two of France’s biggest stars, Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema, face tough times ahead.
Police have charged them with paying for sex with an underage girl.
Both have denied the allegations through their legal representatives.
“The public think taken into custody means guilty. This is what’s horrible. It can end a career,” said Ribery’s lawyer Sophie Bottai.
The age of consent is 15 in France but in prostitution cases, a person remains a minor until the age of 18.
If convicted, the pair could be jailed for three years and pay a fine of up to 45,000 euros.
Prosecutors must prove the players knew her age