Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has given short shrifts to reports he was involved in an attempted kidnapping in Paris, saying people should “give me a break”.
In a rather shocking turn, French publication Mediapart claimed Benzema, 30, was involved in the alleged kidnap attempt of an acquaintance, who reportedly owes him 50,000 euros (£43,979).
The man allegedly said Benzema and others tried to load him into a black van on 7 October following the debt.
“Is this world serious?” Benzema said, before adding on Twitter: “This must stop.”
According to the report, the man told police he had seen the France striker in the back of the van.
But the latest police reports say it is believed the player was not present, AFP writes.
It is understood that prosecutors in Paris have opened an investigation into the driver of the van over the attempted kidnapping allegation.
Benzema’s lawyer, Sylvain Cormier, told AFP: “This man has not been signed off from work for medical reasons, he’s accusing a friend of Benzema’s of grabbing his arm, and we also know that Karim Benzema was not present.”
The Real Madrid attacker is no stranger to scandals, as he was dropped from the French national team for his involvement in the extortion of teammate Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape.