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French national players charged by vice squad over sex scandal – SportsUntapped.com
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Added July 20th, 2010 by Ian

French national players charged by vice squad over sex scandal
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It looks like things are going from bad to worse when it comes to the French football team. Not only did they stink out the World Cup by coming in last in Group A with a loss and two draws, and by having Nicolas Anelka sent home and refusing to train etc., I’m sure you know the story of that fiasco by now.

Anyway, a couple of players might have also been engaged in some pretty unsavoury activities back in their homeland too as Karim Benzema and Franck Ribery were recently grilled by French police while investigating an alleged underage prostitution ring. They were then charged with solicitation of a prostitute under the age of 18 and face three years in jail and a hefty fine.

Ribery of German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich along with Benzema of Real Madrid in Spain, were taken to task by a police squad which specializes in prostitution. The case came to light earlier in the year after the police unit raided a night club in Paris close to Champs Elysees and held 18 young girls for suspicion of prostitution.

One of the girls that were held, a Zahia Dehar, was on the front cover of Paris Match magazine in April and told the publication that she engaged in sex with a number of players on the French team, including Ribery. She added that she failed to mention to the players at the time that she was under 18. It’s been alleged that the girls belonged to an escort service and were hired by an exclusive nightclub to service its clients.

French striker Sidney Govo of Greek club Panathinaikos was also questioned by the vice squad back in April about the case.

During a court hearing, Ribery admitted to sexual relations with Dehar, but claimed he didn’t know she was underage, while Benzema made no public comment. One of Ribery’s lawyers said on July 20 that he had done nothing wrong because he didn’t know the true age of the girl. The hearings were postponed from earlier in the summer to allow the players to participate in the World Cup.

 
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