Benzema is found guilty of blackmailing with sexually explicit video

 Benzema is found guilty of blackmailing with sexually explicit video

The striker of France and Real Madrid has been found guilty of blackmailing his colleague with a tape with sexual content.

A judge sentenced Benzema to one year in prison and ordered him to pay a fine of € 75,000 (63 63,000; $ 84,000).

Benzema, 33, was one of five people tried last month for trying to extort money from Frenchman Mathieu Valbuena.

The case dates back to June 2015, when the two footballers were in a French training camp.

At the camp, Benzema pressured Valbuena to avenge the blackmailers she had conspired with to act as mediators, prosecutors said.

Benzema has always denied the allegations and insisted he was just trying to help Valbuena get rid of the compromising video.

The player has since returned to the French team and is expected to play for Real Madrid on Wednesday night.

Benzema was not present in the Versailles court for the verdict, nor Valbuena who plays for the Greek club Olympiakos.

Four of the other defendants were also found guilty Wednesday. They were given prison sentences ranging from 18 months probation to two and a half years in prison.

Benzema's lawyers said they would appeal his sentence. But in passing judgment, the referee said Benzema had "involved himself personally, through deception and lies, to persuade his team-mate to be blackmailed".