French footballers’ underage prostitute trial adjourned to 2014 (Reuters)

Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery celebrates after a goal was scored against Barcelona during their Champions League semi-final second leg soccer match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona May 1, 2013. REUTERS/Albert Gea

PARIS (Reuters) – The trial of French football stars Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema over claims they paid for sex with an underage call girl was adjourned for procedural reasons on Tuesday until 2014. Benzema, a Real Madrid striker, and Ribery, a Bayern Munich winger, are to be tried on charges of paying Zahia Dehar, a prostitute-turned-fashion muse, for sex in 2008 and 2009, when she was only 16, then 17 years old. Neither footballer showed up in court on Tuesday. The pair, both players in France’s national squad, have been under investigation since 2010 over the affair. …

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