Benzema fined ?18,000 for reckless driving

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been fined ?18,000

($23,400) and had his drivers license revoked for eight months for

reckless driving.

Benzema was sentenced Friday by a Madrid court after requesting

a change in the court date from March 26, with France set to play a

World Cup qualifier against Spain in Paris that day.

Benzema was caught driving 216 kph (134 mph) in a 100 kph (62

mph) zone in the Spanish capital on Feb. 3.

France and Spain both have seven points at the top of their

qualifying group for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.