Benzema gets Euro 2016 boost

The restraining order against Karim Benzema has been lifted and he could play at Euro 2016, but there is an appeal pending.

AS reports judge Natalie Boutard has lifted the order against the Real Madrid striker having contact with Mathieu Valbuena, Benzema having allegedly been part of a plot to blackmail Valbuena over the existence of a sex tape.

The pair have been France international teammates and the order prevented Benzema coming into contact with Valbuena, but Boutard has since lifted it.

But reports from France say the order won’t be lifted immediately, so Benzema’s Les Bleus return will have to wait, as the public prosecutor is to appeal.

Benzema is still prohibited from contacting or associating with anyone else involved in the case, AS notes.

The prosecutor’s appeal will be considered on March 4, three weeks before France’s friendly against the Netherlands on March 25.

Tags Euro 2016 France Karim Benzema Mathieu Valbuena