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Ribery and Benzema discharged in sex trial

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Ribery and Benzema discharged in sex trial

<p>France soccer internationals Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema have been discharged of solicitation of an underage prostitute, the Paris Correctional Tribunal said on Thursday. </p> <p>Real Madrid striker Benzema and Bayern Munich forward Ribery, who did not attend their trial, were being tried on charges of paying prostitute-turned-fashion model Zahia Dehar when she was aged 16 and 17. </p> <p>Ribery has admitted paying her for sex but said he did not know her age. Benzema has denied having any sexual relations with Dehar. </p> <p>Paying for sex is not illegal in France but underage prostitution is. </p> <p>Last December, the National Assembly passed a bill to fine prostitutes’ clients, but it still has to pass the Senate and be signed by president Francois Hollande before it becomes law.</p> <p>(Reuters)</p>