The Versailles court docket additionally fined him 75,000 euros ($84,170) and ordered him to pay former workforce mate Mathieu Valbuena 80,000 euros to cowl authorized prices and 150,000 euros in damages collectively together with his three different co-accused.
Benzema’s lawyer mentioned he would enchantment towards the decision.
Benzema, who had denied any wrongdoing, was not in court docket. He is because of play for Actual Madrid towards Moldovan facet Sheriff Tiraspol later within the day.
“This end result by no means corresponds with the truth of occasions,” lawyer Antoine Vey advised reporters afterwards.
Actual Madrid declined to remark.
Earlier this month, the president of the French Soccer Federation, Noel Le Graet, mentioned Benzema wouldn’t be excluded from the nationwide workforce had been he to be convicted and given the suspended sentence prosecutors wished.
“The coach will at all times be chargeable for his choice and Benzema won’t be unnoticed due to an eventual judicial sanction,” Le Graet advised Le Parisien.
Prosecutors had argued that Benzema had inspired Valbuena to pay a suspected group of blackmailers so as to preserve the sexually specific tape out of the general public eye.
They mentioned Valbuena acquired the primary of a number of telephone calls threatening to reveal the tape in June 2015. Valbuena advised the court docket it was clear the caller wished cash and that the blackmail try left him fearing for his profession and place within the nationwide squad.
Benzema was recruited by the alleged blackmailers to encourage Valbuena to pay as his teammate stalled, the prosecution had added.
Benzema had proven no goodwill to Valbuena and pretended to be have his greatest pursuits at coronary heart, the judges mentioned of their written ruling. Benzema had “intentionally helped the authors of the tried blackmail of Valbuena”, they added.
Benzema and Valbuena each misplaced their locations within the nationwide workforce within the wake of the scandal, dubbed the “intercourse tape affair”.
Benzema, 33, who has performed greater than 90 occasions for his nation, was recalled to the France squad for this 12 months’s European Championship.
Amongst Benzema’s co-defendants had been childhood pal Karim Zenati, who acted as an middleman, and Mustapha Zouaoui, one of many suspected architects of the rip-off. All 4 defendants had been discovered responsible in reference to the tried blackmail.
This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.