On Wednesday, Karim Benzema, a France and Real Madrid forward, was found guilty of complicity in the attempted blackmail of a former international teammate over a sex tape and got a one-year jail sentence.

Furthermore, he was fined 75,000 euros ($84,170). Benzema’s lawyer said that the player would appeal the decision.

Benzema was absent from the court in Versailles, despite his denial of any wrongdoing. Later in the day, he will play for the Spanish club against Sheriff Tiraspol of Moldova.

After the hearing, lawyer Antoine Vey told reporters, “This conclusion in no way relates to the facts of events.”

Real Madrid did not react to a request for comment right away.

Prosecutors said that Benzema pushed Mathieu Valbuena to pay a suspected group of blackmailers in order to keep the sexually graphic recording hidden from the public eye.

According to them, in June 2015, Valbuena got the first of multiple phone calls threatening to reveal the recording. Valbuena told the court that the caller was clearly after money and that the blackmail attempt had made him fear for his career and spot in the national team.

The suspected blackmailers hired Benzema to convince Valbuena to pay while his teammate hesitated, according to the prosecutors.

Both Benzema and Valbuena have been dropped from the national team.

Karim Benzema, 33, who has played more than 90 times for his country, was recalled to the France team for this year’s European Championship.

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