French footballers stand trial in underage prostitution case (Reuters)

Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery kisses the trophy as he celebrates their victory over VfB Stuttgart in their German soccer cup (DFB Pokal) final match at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin June 1, 2013. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

PARIS (Reuters) – French footballers Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema go on trial in Paris on Tuesday accused of paying for sex with a teenage call girl. Bayern Munich winger Ribery and Real Madrid striker Benzema have been under investigation in their home country for more than two years on allegations of paying Zahia Dehar, then a minor, for sex in 2008 and 2009. None of them are expected to appear at the criminal court for the trial that is expected to run until June 26. The ruling could come later. …

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