“Benzema can’t be judged to harshly, says FFF chief Noel La Graet

The president of the French Football Federation (FFF) has defended Karim Benzema after the striker was charged for conspiring to blackmail Mathieu Valbuena.

The charges surround a plot to blackmail France international Mathieu Valbuena, for which he could face a prison sentence of five years.

And FFF chief Noel La Graet insists the Real Madrid attacker cannot be judged too harshly, having not been found guilty of anything.
“An investigation procedure is not like a sentence,” he said. “It is important to respect the presumption of innocence.

“We must not try to go faster than justice and make further comparisons between a minister and a sportsman. ”

Benzema is currently out of action with a thigh injury and will not play for France during the current international break.