Up there with Louis Vuitton washbags and monosyllabic post-match interviews, sex tape blackmail plots are just a given in football. You expect them to happen.
Not like this though...
Last night, Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema was arrested by police and questioned after allegedly playing a part in a blackmail plot involving his French international teammate Mathieu Valbuena, subjected to ransom over a sex tape by blackmailers for the past year.
Held overnight at a police station in Versailles, Benzema was forced to address reports that he mentioned the video to Valbuena during a French training session at Clairefontaine in early October, ahead of matches against Armenia and Denmark.
Having recently (and successfully) fought against accusations that he and French teammate Franck Ribery slept with an underage prostitute, Benzema's no stranger to the judicial system, now finding himself under national scrutiny once more.
According to local media, the authorities are trying to establish if the striker was offering some advice on the situation for Valbuena or trying to press his team-mate to pay the blackmailers, who if sources also to be believed, had also contacted one of Benzema’s relatives.
TV channel M6 reported that three men, including a close friend of Benzema's brother, were taken into custody over the plot which saw blackmailers threatening to release the tape ahead of the 2016 European Championship in France remains.
If this is starting to sound a little familiar it might be because former French international Djibril Cisse was also questioned in regards to the Valbuena sex tape plot back on October, after having his Paris home raided at dawn in a series of co-ordinated raids across France.
We know the harmony in the French football camp has never been great, but this is ridiculous.
Les Bleus indeed.