By Kevin Koczwara
It’s been a long time since we’ve heard anything about Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema’s alleged solicitation of a prostitute when she was just 16 years old. In 2010 the news broke ahead of the World Cup in South Africa that the two players — two very important players for the French National Team — had both had sexual relations with Zahia Dehar, who was 16 at the time of the transgression — she was 18 when she told press and police. The two players apparently didn’t know her age and Dehar backed them up on this in the reports.
We all seemed to have forgotten this news, but like most things involving professional athletes, stories never die. Now this one won’t go away. It looks like Ribery and Benzema — two players who took part in Euro2012 for France — are likely to face new charges related to their solicitation of sex.
According to AFP and YahooSports, the two are to go to trial for soliciting an underage prostitute with six other people who are under investigation.
French international footballers Franck Ribery and Karim Benzemaare to face trial for allegedly soliciting an underage prostitute, judicial sources said on Tuesday.
The footballers are among eight people that investigating magistrate Andre Dando has sent for trial as well as the Zaman Cafe on Paris’ Champs Elysees where the meetings with Zahia Dehar took place.
Some of the defendants will be prosecuted for “aggravated pimping”, according to judicial papers.
(From AFP Report)
The players could face up to three years in prison or a 45,000 euro fine.
Ribery and Benzema have both been named in Didier Deschamps’ squad for the friendly game against Uruguay on Wednesday.
A note on Dehar
Since coming out and admitting she was the call-girl for more than a few French footballers, she’s started her own lingerie line and starred in some artistic/sexual videos on YouTube. Apparently these are based on “Alice in Wonderland”. I don’t know. I’m confused by the whole thing and the other videos she’s made since becoming famous for sleeping with professional soccer players.