Karim Benzema: Real Madrid star accused of blackmail in Mathieu Valbuena sex tape case

    Benzema (pictured wearing hood) risks missing out on next year's European Championship finals in France.

    Story highlights

    • Karim Benzema under police investigation
    • Real Madrid star accused of blackmail
    • Benzema's attorney says client is innocent

    (CNN)One of the world's leading football players is accused of blackmailing a fellow France international footballer.

    French police are looking into whether Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema played a part in an alleged attempt to extort money from Marseille player Mathieu Valbuena.
      The allegations center around a purported sex tape, a source close to the investigation told AFP.
        Benzema is under investigation for "complicity in blackmailing and participating in criminal association with intent to organize a crime," according to a statement from the Versailles prosecutor's office.
        The statement used the French term "mise en examen" -- a legal status that allows prosecutors to investigate someone accused of criminal activity for up to two years.