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Real Madrid release statement in support of Karim Benzema after arrest

Karim Benzema saw himself formally charged with complicity over his alleged part in the sex tape blackmail of France teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

Later in the day it was also alleged that he had played a part in a cocaine trafficking scandal after it emerged why he could be found guilty in the Valbuena case.

He was left out of France’s squad to face England and Germany next week due to injury, but his club have stated that they are fully supporting the 27-year-old, and have released a statement via their official website.

The statement reads…

“Karim Benzema returned to training this evening at Real Madrid City after making a statement to the French authorities in Versailles.

“The Real Madrid C. F. president, Florentino Pérez, held a meeting with the player in which he gave him his full support and expressed his confidence that his actions were in good faith and that he is completely innocent.

“The club values and recognises the professional commitment, the displays of camaraderie with his team-mates and the impeccable attitude he has shown as a core member of the first team squad for the more than six seasons that he has been a part of Real Madrid.”

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