The Paris Court of Appeal rejected the annulment of an investigation into Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema for his alleged blackmailing of fellow France teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

The Real Madrid striker has been accused of allegedly threatening to release a sexually explicit video of Mathieu Valbuena and his wife, only willing to back out on the condition of being paid a hefty sum of money.

Following the charges, Benzema also lost his place in the French national football team.

Benzema’s legal team requested the annulment of the investigations because, in their view, it was tainted after an undercover officer allegedly illegally recorded their conversations.

Defence lawyer Sylvain Cormier told Efe he was planning to lodge an appeal in the Supreme Court.

Benzema has not been called up to the France national squad since the scandal broke at the end of 2015.

(IANS Inputs)