Valbuena opens up on Benzema blackmail saga

Karim Benzema (AFP)
Karim Benzema (AFP)

Paris - Mathieu Valbuena said in an interview published Friday that France international teammate Karim Benzema "indirectly" told him he had to pay a ransom to get back a sex-tape of him with his girlfriend.

Twenty-seven year-old Real Madrid star Benzema has been charged with complicity to blackmail Valbuena over the tape.

Le Monde newspaper asked Valbuena whether Benzema had just urged him to meet the blackmailers. "Incite, that means 'you will have to pay' indirectly," Valbuena replied in his first public comments on the affair.

"He was not aggressive in his manner of talking, he did not talk about money concretely, directly. But when someone insists that I meet someone ... hmmmm.

"I have never met anyone who is going to destroy a video for free just because they love me! You shouldn't treat people like idiots," Valbuena said.

"I am very very very disappointed and I can only note that my relations with Karim were not as sincere as he makes out," he added.

According to investigation sources, Benzema has admitted to police that he was to act as an "intermediary" between Valbuena and one of the blackmailers who was a childhood friend of the striker.

The scandal has rocked France's campaign for the European Championships which the country will host next year. Benzema has been banned from meeting Valbuena and neither were chosen for recent France games.

loading... Live
Highlands Park 1
Mamelodi Sundowns 1
loading... Live
England 0
Pakistan 223/9 (86 ov)
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
44% - 5987 votes
Cricket
11% - 1488 votes
Football
19% - 2579 votes
Athletics
2% - 314 votes
Boxing
1% - 126 votes
Cycling
2% - 308 votes
Golf
5% - 665 votes
Motorsport
8% - 1113 votes
Tennis
3% - 424 votes
Water sports
1% - 123 votes
American sports
1% - 134 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 397 votes
Vote