Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Burundi's presidential election: our team follow incumbent Nkurunziza's campaign trail

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Vote "No" for dignity and democracy ≠OXI

Read more

THE DEBATE

Turkey's Border Bother: Ankara wary of emboldened Kurds (part 2)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Turkey's Border Bother: Ankara wary of emboldened Kurds (part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Tunisia Attack: UK ponders airstrike in Syria; Uber Popped: service suspended after French taxi revolt

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Greece's Choice: Europe holds its breath over Sunday's referendum

Read more

#TECH 24

Testing robots to play, snuggle and learn

Read more

#THE 51%

Jordan: Where a rapist can marry his victim

Read more

Sports

Real Madrid backs Karim Benzema amid prostitution probe

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2010-05-12

Spain’s football club Real Madrid threw its full support behind French striker Karim Benzema, who faces questioning in a prostitution probe along with football stars Franck Ribéry and Sidney Govou.

Marca, a Spanish sport daily, reported Thursday that the French striker Karim Benzema enjoyed the full support of his Spanish football club, Real Madrid, “at least for the moment” amid a teenage-prostitution scandal that is rocking French football.

The prostitute at the centre of the scandal, Zahia D, said she had sex with international stars Franck Ribéry, Karim Benzema and Sidney Govou, according to her police statement obtained by the French daily Le Monde.

Benzema met with Zahia in 2008, when she was 16 years old and Benzema was 21. Benzema is expected to face the vice squad’s questioning later this week, Ribéry and Govou were quizzed last week.

Sex with a prostitute under 18 carries a jail term of up to three years and a fine of 45,000 euros.

Date created : 2010-04-22

  • FOOTBALL

    French footballers named by call girl Zahia

    Read more

  • FOOTBALL

    Les Bleus star Frank Ribéry questioned in under-age prostitution probe

    Read more

COMMENT(S)