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Friday 18 April 2014

Footballers cleared in sex trial

Franck Ribery, left, and Karim Benzema denied the charges (AP)

Top French footballers Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema have been cleared by a Paris court on charges of soliciting an underage prostitute.

The French judge ruled there wasn't enough proof the men were aware that self-described escort Zahia Dehar, now 21, was a minor at the time.

Bayern Munich winger Ribery and Real Madrid forward Benzema, who didn't attend the trial, had faced up to three years in prison if found guilty.

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