Cisse: Benzema deserves a chance to fair hearing

Real Madrid's Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs Real Betis Balompie at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on August 29, 2015.   AFP PHOTO/ PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU

Former France international striker Djibril Cisse, who was himself interviewed by police investigating the alleged blackmailing incident, says it should be left to the authorities to decide if action is to be taken against Benzema.

Benzema is being investigated over a blackmail plot involving team-mate Mathieu Valbuena but denies wrongdoing. The 27 year old Real Madrid star faces charges of conspiracy to blackmail relating to an extortion scam over a sex tape.

Cisse in a statement as reported on BBC Sports said;

“For the moment he’s being investigated but he hasn’t been judged and hasn’t been found guilty,” said Cisse. Give him the benefit of the doubt, the time to explain and let justice run its course.

“Like a lot of French people, I’m waiting to see what he has to say. But I’m not here to savage him and I leave it to the law and the police to decide.” Cisse stated.

Meanwhile French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday said the Real Madrid striker “has no place” in the France team.