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French footballers to appear in court in sex probe

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French footballers to appear in court in sex probe


French footballers, Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema are to stand trial for having sex with a minor.

In the so-called “Zahia” affair, it’s alleged the two paid the then under 18-years old Zahia Dehar for sex back in 2008 and 2009.

Benzema who plays for Real Madrid and Ribery for Bayern Munich are among nine people ordered to appear in court.

A lawyer for the Real Madrid striker said his client was innocent, while Ribery has acknowledged the encounter but denied knowing Dehar was underage.

The scandal has gripped France since the allegations first came to light in 2010 ahead of the World Cup in South Africa.

Both players face a possible three years in prison and a 45,000 euro fine if found guilty.

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