France and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema was on Wednesday morning found guilty of complicity in the attempted blackmail of French counterpart Mathieu Valbuena.

The presiding judge of the Versailles court sentenced him to a one-year suspended prison sentence and also handed him a 75k euros fine.

After a trial at the end of last month for which the forward was absent, the prosecutor called for a ten month suspended sentence as well 75k euros fine. The maximum sentence the Real Madrid forward could have received was a five-year term in prison and 90k euros fine.

The Real Madrid striker was not present at the trial in October, nor at the Wednesday morning tribunal. The four others on trial, who were found to have been involved in the attempt, have been handed sanctions ranging from 18-month suspended sentences to two and half years in prison.

FFF president Noel Le Graet has previously told Le Parisien that the outcome of the trial would have no bearing on Benzema’s availability for selection to the French national team for the coming months.

The striker is free to appeal the decision and will not be frozen out of the team, as he was for nearly six years as a result of the case.