Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has been found guilty of conspiring to blackmail a fellow French footballer with a sex tape.
The judge handed the France international a one year suspended jail term and ordered him to pay £63,000 fine.
Benzema was one of the five people put on trial last month over an attempt to extort his national team colleague Mathieu Valbuena.
The sex tape case date back to June 2015 when the two stars were at the French training camp, and the scandal has since then stunned the football world which led to both players losing their spot in the national team.
According to the prosecutors, it was said that Benzema put pressure on Valbuena to pay off the blackmailers whom he had conspired with to act as an intermediary.
Both Benzema and Valbuena were not present in court for the verdict, while the Real Madrid man was found guilty his lawyers said they would appeal his conviction.
“The reaction is ultimately an angry one to this judgment which is perfectly contradictory” said Benzema’s lawyer Sylvain Cormier.
Benzema has always denied the allegations and insisted he was only trying to help Valbuena get rid of the compromising video.
The Real Madrid goal-poacher has since returned to the national team scoring nine in 13 games while Valbuena is still on international exile.
This article was updated 9 months ago