Real Madrid's Karim Benzema who has been accused of blackmailing a fellow France international footballer, has been assured of the "full support" of the club's president Florentino Perez.
The 27- year- old Madrid striker was charged with "complicity in an attempt to blackmail" and conspiring to commit a criminal act after his contact with French international team mate Mathieu Valbuena, concerning a sex tape which has allegedly found its way into wrong hands.
French police claim they are looking into whether Benzema played a part in the said attempt to extort money from his international team mate, Mathieu Valbuena.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid have issued a statement in support of their player and have gone ahead to confirm the French international has returned to training following his arrest on Wednesday.
A criminal group is alleged to have attempted to extort money from the Valbuena, and have managed to involve Benzema in their scheme to extort some substantial money from to the group, in order to stop them leaking the footage.
Benzema's attorney Sylvain Cormier says the Madridistas’ star has "taken no part in this blackmail attempt," and that the case has gone public "in a fallacious manner."
"His heart goes to his friend Mathieu Valbuena," Cormier said in a statement to news men.
If found guilty, the Madrid striker who was arrested on Wednesday and admitted his involvement could face more than five years in prison according to French law.
However, Real Madrid in their statement of support to the player, have welcomed him back to training in order to concentrate on his football.
Meanwhile, Benzema is currently injured and is looking to rehabilitate, whilst he and Valbuena have each been left out of the latest French international squad as they are allowed no contact while investigations are taking place.