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Sex scandal deepens, two more players named

sports Updated: Apr 28, 2010 00:45 IST

France's national football team was further drawn into the sex scandal involving Franck Ribéry after two more players were cited in connection with an investigation into underage prostitution.

Unnamed judicial sources told the French media that Karim Benzema, the Real Madrid forward, and Hatem Ben Arfa, a striker for Marseille, are expected to be questioned in coming days as "witnesses" in the inquiry.

The scandal engulfing Les Bleus, which began when Ribéry was questioned by police in connection with a prostitution ring, also deepened after judicial sources said the 27-year-old had admitted having sex with a 17-year-old prostitute but denied having known she was underage.

In France it is illegal to buy sex from someone under 18.

The forward's lawyer, Sophie Bottai, has insisted that, while the footballer did provide witness testimony to investigators looking into a ring allegedly run out of a Paris nightclub, he was being heard simply as a witness and not as a suspect. No charges were filed and he was not held in police custody.