Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Footballers cleared in sex trial

Franck Ribery, left, and Karim Benzema denied the charges (AP)
Franck Ribery, left, and Karim Benzema denied the charges (AP)
Self-described escort Zahia Dehar, now 21, said she lied to the players and told them she was an adult (AP)

Top French footballers Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema have been cleared by a Paris court on charges of soliciting an underage prostitute.

The French judge ruled there wasn't enough proof the men were aware that self-described escort Zahia Dehar, now 21, was a minor at the time.

Bayern Munich winger Ribery and Real Madrid forward Benzema, who didn't attend the trial, had faced up to three years in prison if found guilty.

AP

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