July 26th, 2010
The Ugh Files: Karim Benzema, Franck Ribery & The ‘Working’ Girl
Karim Benzema & Franck Ribery. Taking one for the team? Images: Reuters via Daylife, pacificcoastnews via Zimbio
Most of the time, pretending that footballers are scrummy bundles of loveliness works for us. Admittedly, sometimes maintaining this vision demands some evasive action (mainly involving sitting under the duvet with our hands over our ears singing la-la-la-la when certain tabloid newspapers are published) but largely the illusion remains intact.
However, on some occasions the level of skank involved is such that even we are forced to admit defeat.
As we all know, the news involving Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery and Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema is one such affair. If you’ve been making like us and hiding in the corner shaking, let us furnish you with the deets you may have missed. We then recommend that (like us), you eat a whole tub of ice cream while studying this image in order to restore your equilibrium.
Prior to the fiasco that was the French NT’s World Cup campaign, reports circulated that both Ribery and Benzema (among others) had been questioned in relation to the arrest of Zahia Dehar (left) - one of several women detained for working as prostitutes out of the Zaman Café in Paris. Dehar, now aged eighteen, claimed to have slept with the players on several occasions for up to £2000 per night.
So far, so skank. Except that while prostitution is legal in France, those selling the goods must be eighteen. Dehar was sixteen at the time the alleged offences took place. She has stated that she did not inform either Benzema or Ribery of her age.
Ribery has admitted a sexual relationship with Dehar during 2009 but denies knowing she was underage at the time. Benzema has merely claimed that he is ‘not affected’ by the allegations. Both have now been ‘formally accused’ of soliciting an underage prostitute. If found guilty, both players could face substantial fines and up to three years in prison.
Clearly the affair is unlikely to endear the players to a French public already bewildered and angered by a shambolic
display at the World Cup. The suspension of the entire squad for the friendly against Norway is just the beginning, we think.
Life goes on, eh?