Benzema’s lawyers want confrontation hearing with Valbuena

PARIS (AP) Karim Benzema's lawyers have issued a request for a confrontation hearing between the Real Madrid striker and Mathieu Valbuena in the sex-tape case involving the France teammates.

Benzema, who has been charged with conspiracy to blackmail relating to an extortion scam over a sex tape featuring Valbuena, has no right to meet him during the investigation after he was placed under judicial supervision.

The investigating judge has one month to consider his lawyers' request.

French federation president Noel Le Graet is expected to address the case on Thursday at a press conference.

Benzema, who is suspected of having pressured Valbuena to deal with the blackmailers, denies any wrongdoing.