Monday, April 26, 2010

Soccer: Sex Scandal Is New Crisis for Troubled French Team

Less than two months before the start of the World Cup in South Africa, the French national soccer team, its on-field reputation in decline, is dealing with a sex scandal involving several players and under-age prostitutes.

Outrage has been building over the last week, with reports that at least three key players were questioned during a police investigation into a high-end prostitution ring. Now there is concern that the players will not be named to the World Cup team, which will be announced next month.

Three French players — Franck RibĂ©ry, 27; Sidney Govou, 30; and Karim Benzema, 22 — are accused of soliciting sex from an under-age prostitute; none of them have been charged with a crime. The scandal revolves around the testimony of Zahia Dehar, 18, who was a minor when she said she had a relationship with two of the players.

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