Mathieu Valbuena reacts after the heavy sentence against Karim Benzema and the other accused

This Wednesday, November 24 was supposed to finally put an end to more than six years of a case that has shaken French football as rarely. Since the beginning of the case in 2015 more than six years have passed before finally having the judgment of the judicial court of Versailles. Sentenced to 1 year suspended sentence and a € 75,000 fine, Karim Benzema was convicted of attempted blackmail. A decision totally contrary to the requests of his lawyers who had pleaded for the release.

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If they did not take long to indicate that the 33-year-old striker was going to appeal this decision, the camp opposite also reacted to this verdict. Didier Domat, one of the lawyers of Mathieu Valbuena wanted to indicate that his client is satisfied with the court’s decision. “Mathieu Valbuena is relieved at the end of this procedure because the last few years have been quite trying “, he said shortly after the announcement of the deliberation, adding that the camp of the 37-year-old is satisfied “that his quality of victim be recognized, both during the debates and through the court’s decision”.

“He is no longer in the France team while he was still present and this is the direct consequence of this affair

If the court decision is in his favor, the former teammate of Pogba and Varane with the Blues remains nonetheless bitter in the face of the course of this case. “He suffered sports injuries that were absolutely unrepairable, he overcame this ordeal with courage and discretion, and honesty “, specifies Me Didier Domat. Among the prejudices cited by the footballer’s lawyer, there is one that marked him more than the others. “He is no longer in the France team while he was still present and this is the direct consequence of this affair, although Didier Deschamps and the Federation say some. There is no ambiguity on this point”, says the lawyer.

Visibly satisfied with the court’s decision, Mathieu Valbuena’s lawyer concludes by considering that it is a “consistent judgment”.

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