Benzema fined $23,400 for reckless driving

Updated: March 15, 2013, 7:39 AM ET
Associated Press

MADRID -- Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been fined $23,400 and had his drivers license revoked for eight months for reckless driving.

Benzema was sentenced Friday by a Madrid court after requesting a change in the court date from March 26, with France set to play a World Cup qualifier against Spain in Paris that day.

Benzema was caught driving 134 mph in a 62 mph zone in the Spanish capital on Feb. 3.

France and Spain both have seven points at the top of their qualifying group for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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