Benzema loses bid to meet Valbuena in sex-tape scandal
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 05, 2016 10:08 AM
FILE - In this June 10, 2014, file photo, France's Mathieu Valbuena, left, and Karim Benzema, right, chat during a training session of the french national soccer team, at the Santa Cruz Stadium in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil. Benzema has been arrested Wednesday Nov.4, 2015 as part of an investigation into a blackmail case involving another football player. Police are trying to find out which role the Real Madrid forward played in the extortion attempt targeting France midfielder Valbuena, and if he actually tried to blackmail the Lyon player over a sex tape. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)
PARIS (AP) — The investigating judge in charge of the blackmail case rattling France's soccer team has denied Karim Benzema's request for a face-to-face meeting with Mathieu Valbuena.
Real Madrid striker Benzema, who has scored 27 goals in 81 international matches, is facing preliminary charges of conspiracy to blackmail relating to an extortion scam over a sex tape involving France teammate Valbuena.
Judge Nathalie Boutard ruled that Benzema has no right to meet the Lyon midfielder, the Versailles prosecutor's office said Monday.
Benzema's lawyers hoped a meeting would ease tensions between the two players after Valbuena spoke directly about the striker's alleged attempts to pressure him.
Benzema has been suspended from the national team until the case has been resolved.
France hosts the European Championship, starting June 10.