Karim Benzema Blames Racism—Not His Alleged Involvement In Blackmailing Teammate Over Sex Tape—For Euros Snub

In normal circumstances, Karim Benzema would be at the top of the world right now. Fresh off a great season at Real Madrid that culminated in Champions League glory, he should be getting ready to lead France in the Euro 2016 tournament as the host nation’s best player. Instead, he’ll be watching it all from home.

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Fans: Don't Heckle Mathieu Valbuena About Benzema, Or You Might Get Your Phone Smashed

Youssef, a 38-year-old Toulouse fan with a cranial disability, readily cops to behaving like a dick. Watching Lyon players filter into the team bus after flying into Toulouse last Friday ahead of the weekend’s game, Youssef and his 12-year-old son were on hand to throw some verbal barbs at the rival players. He did…

Karim Benzema's Explanation For Role In Sex Tape Blackmail Plot Sounds Like Total Bullshit

When we last checked in on the most insane scandal going on in sports, the big news was that a transcript of a phone call between Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and a good friend of his strongly suggested 1) that the good friend was trying to blackmail Lyon midfielder Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape, and 2) that…

Your Guide To The Craziest Sports Scandal You Aren't Paying Attention To

I get it. You see a headline like “Real Madrid Star Karim Benzema Charged In Sextape Blackmail Case” or “Transcript: Karim Benzema Helped Facilitate Blackmail Plot Against Teammate Over Sextape” and you aren’t quite moved. Sure, words like sex tape and blackmail seem juicy, but who is Karim Benzema to you, the typical…

Transcript: Karim Benzema Helped Facilitate Blackmail Plot Against Teammate Over Sextape

Furthering the bizarre saga of Karim Benzema and the criminal charges he faces for his involvement in an alleged plot to blackmail his international teammate Mathieu Valbuena over a sextape, L’Équipe has now produced a full transcript of a phone call between the Real Madrid striker and the accused blackmailer.