Spain judiciary hand national team a boost after summoning Benzema over 134mph speeding offence… on day of France clash
13:59 GMT, 1 March 2013
14:07 GMT, 1 March 2013
Offence: Karim Benzema was caught speeding at 134mph earlier this year
The Spanish judiciary has done the nation's football team a favour by telling speeding Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema he must appear in court on March 26 – the same day France play Spain in Paris in a vital World Cup qualifier.
Benzema was caught doing 134 mph on Madrid's M40 ring road in the early hours of February 3 – twice the speed limit.
He was meant to appear last Tuesday but asked for a postponement because he was in Real Madrid's squad to play Barcelona in the Cup.
Spanish boost: The Real Madrid striker will miss France's World Cup qualifier
Now he will need to explain to France
boss Didier Deschamps that instead of being at Stade de France in Paris
he will be answering to his fourth traffic misdemeanor in the
three-and-a-half seasons he has been at Real Madrid.
He was fined for dangerous driving in Ibiza in 2011, involved in a Lamborghini accident on Reunion Island in 2009, and he drove into a tree on the way home from his first clasico in 2009.
The player could face between three and six months prison sentence although a hefty fine and a driving ban of between one and four years is more likely.