Top French footballer linked to under-age prostitution probe

Two French internationals, Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema, are currently awaiting trial for allegedly paying a 16-year-old prostitute for sex in 2008 and 2009.

updated: February 13, 2013 16:54 IST
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Paris: A French international footballer is being investigated in connection with the soliciting of a minor for prostitution, judicial sources told AFP on Wednesday.

The player's name appeared in the mobile phone of an under-age girl who has been arrested on shop-lifting charges and whose profile was sufficient to justify the opening of a preliminary investigation, the sources said.

They did not immediately reveal the player's identity, which is subject to rules on judicial secrecy but is likely to emerge if the probe goes beyond a preliminary stage.

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