Matieu Valbuena ‘more than disappointed with Karim Benzema’

Matieu Valbuena ‘more than disappointed with Karim Benzema’


Lyon midfielder Matieu Valbuena has broken his silence on the sex tape scandal and subsequent blackmail plot involving international team mate Karim Benzema, and says his is ‘more than disappointed’ with the Real Madrid striker.

The controversy came to light last month when now-retired striker Djibril Cisse was questioned by police in France. He was released but Los Blancos striker Benzema was then taken in for questioning over claims he blackmailed Valbuena by promising a friend of his would destroy a sex tape involving the playmaker for money.

Through his lawyer Benzema has denied all the claims and any involvement in the events. Both players were dropped from the France squad for the recent games against Germany and England, with the match against the 2014 World Cup winners overshadowed by the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Speaking to Le Monde newspaper, Valbuena offered his side of the story and said he was disappointed with former Lyon man Benzema.

“His way of speaking wasn’t aggressive, and he didn’t mention money specifically, but he insisted I met with someone,” the Lyon playmaker said. “I’ve never seen anyone who would destroy a video for free just because he loves me. Stop taking people for fools.

“I said to Karim: ‘You saw Djibril [Cisse] in 2008 about the same thing.’  And he told me: ‘So was it worth it?’ I told him: ‘Well yeah, it was.’ Him: ‘And did it come out?’ And I told him: ‘Well, no.’

And he added: “After that, he repeated to me many times that I was dealing with ‘some bad people’. He told me, ‘It’s still quite hot this video. You must be strong.’

“Ok, so he also said, ‘If you don’t want that, it’s no problem. But I can introduce you to my friend.’

“We kept going back to that. I was more than disappointed. I told myself that it was quite simply a lack of respect. You can’t behave like that with anyone.”


  1. Even when things are wrong until it becomes a story some players sometimes work into some kind of foolish things that come back to hunt them just because they didnt handle things fine!!