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Striker Benzema flashed driving Audi at ‘216kph’

France international striker Karim Benzema, who was allegedly caught speeding at 216kph along a road with a 100kph limit, is to be judged in court on March 26, the same day France play Spain in a key World Cup qualifier.

Striker Benzema flashed driving Audi at '216kph'
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Karim Benzema risks being handed a prison sentence after allegedly being caught driving in Spain at over 200kph, double the legal speed limit for the stretch of road.

Benzema was reportedly driving home on February 3rd after a match in which his Real Madrid team were beaten by lowly Grenada.

The striker was clearly eager to get home after the embarrassing defeat but to add to his woes he was flashed by a speed camera driving his Audi at 216kph, Spain's El Pais newspaper reports.

In a twist of fate Benzema will be judged on the same day France play Spain in a crucial World Cup qualifier in Paris. It is not clear whether the player will be required to appear in court.

Benzema's team mate Michael Essien was also reportedly caught speeding at 150kmp on the same stretch of road on the same night. Spanish newspaper El Pais reported that he paid a €200 fine upfront to avoid any court proceedings.

On the same stretch of highway a Porsche was reportedly flashed travelling at 260kph but the identity of the driver has not been revealed, although he Spanish authorities have confirmed he is a Real Madrid player.

 Because of the speed he was travelling at the striker faces having his license confiscated for four years as well as the prospect of a prison sentence, according to TF1 television.

It is not the first time the player's driving has landed him in trouble. In 2009 he was involved in a relatively serious car accident after a match against Barcelona and ton Christmas Eve that year he allegedly crashed a Lamborghini on the island of Reunion ( see video below) although the player denied being behind the wheel.

Benzema, along with compatriot Franck Ribéry, is currently awaiting trial in connection to the allegation of soliciting sex from a minor in 2008 and 2009.

Although the pair deny the allegation they face up to three years in prison and a maximum 45,000 (£35,000, $55,000) fine if convicted. Their trial, in which six other people will also be in the dock, has been scheduled for June.

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French prosecutors demand jail term for Russian accused of leaving England football fan with brain damage

French prosecutors on Friday called for a 15-year prison sentence for one of two Russians accused of beating a British supporter during Euro 2016, an attack that left him with brain injuries.

French prosecutors demand jail term for Russian accused of leaving England football fan with brain damage
Russian fans light flares at the match against England in 2016.. Photo: AFP

One prosecutor, Christophe Raffin, asked for the “legal maximum… between 14 and 15 years” for Pavel Kossov, who is accused of throwing the first punch at 55-year-old Andrew Bache.

Bache was injured in the violence that broke out before England played Russia in the southern French port city of Marseille on June 11th, 2016.

The second Russian on trial in Aix-en-Provence, Mikhail Ivkine, stands accused of throwing a chair at the victim, with prosecutors asking for a potential suspended sentence of up to five years.

He has claimed he was defending himself.

“No, it wasn't legitimate self-defence, it was illegitimate use of force against Andrew Bache,” Raffin said of the violence.

 

Police give emergency aid to Andrew Bache following clashes in the city of Marseille. Photo: AFP

The prosecutors said the Russians were part of a group of about 150 men, many with martial arts training, who wrought havoc in Marseille.

Bache, from Portsmouth in southern England, has no memory of the events and is too frail to attend the trial.

His son Harry, who nurses his father, is representing him in court.

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