Franck Ribery, Karim Benzema on trial over prostitution

The two star French footballers are facing imprisonment up to three years on charges of soliciting underage prostitution.

updated: January 20, 2014 21:45 IST
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A trial involving Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery and Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema is back on track, with the two facing up to three years in prison on charges of soliciting an underage prostitute.

The criminal court trial had initially been set for June but was adjourned for procedural reasons. It resumed on Monday — but without Ribery or Benzema present. They are legally entitled to be represented by their lawyers instead, although their absence may make an unfavorable impression on the jury.

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