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Sex in soccer: Ribery faces jail

The summer of shame engulfing French football reached a new low on Tuesday as two players were formally accused of soliciting an underage prostitute.

sports Updated: Jul 22, 2010 01:04 IST

The summer of shame engulfing French football reached a new low on Tuesday as two players were formally accused of soliciting an underage prostitute.

Franck Ribéry, 27, a midfielder for Bayern Munich and a member of the international side which left the World Cup in ignominy, and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, 22, face up to three years in jail and a fine if

convicted. Both deny wrongdoing. Benzema has said he is “unaffected'' by the allegation by a former sex worker, Zahia Dehar, that she was solicited separately by the two when she was 16. Ribéry is married and has two children. He has admitted having sex with Dehar, but insists he was unaware of her age. In France, although the age for consenting sex is 15, soliciting a prostitute under 18 is a crime.