France stars Ribery and Benzema face charge in prostitution case

Karim Benzema, right, with Franck Ribery during the Euro 2012 match against Sweden in Kiev on June 19.

Story highlights

  • Investigating magistrate says Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema will stand trial
  • Andre Dando tells CNN that the case will be heard "well into 2013"
  • Ribery has admitted sleeping with a prostitute but says he did not know she was underage
  • Both players are regulars in France's national soccer team
Two of France's most high-profile football stars will face a court trial next year, being charged with allegedly soliciting an underage prostitute, the Paris prosecutor's office said.
Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema, who both played for France at the Euro 2012 finals in June, were first questioned two years ago about their alleged involvement in a prostitution ring.
"Some of the defendants will be prosecuted for 'aggravated pimping,' although I cannot disclose which ones at this time," the investigating magistrate Andre Dando told CNN on Tuesday.
"The trial is months away and will be well into 2013, I expect."
Ribery plays for German club Bayern Munich, while Benzema is at Real Madrid.
An official from Madrid, which won the Spanish league title last season, said the club could not comment as it had no information about Dando's statement.
Bayern has yet to respond to CNN's request for a statement.
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