Karim Benzema Speeding Trial Set for Day of El Clasico

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistOctober 30, 2015

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema grimaces during the Champions League second leg semifinal soccer match between Real Madrid and Juventus, at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema was stopped by the police Thursday for speeding and driving without a license, per Cadena SER (via the Sun's Nick Rostron-Pike), and the infraction has reportedly complicated the 27-year-old's schedule as a pivotal showdown approaches.

According to Rostron-Pike, Benzema is slated to appear in court Nov. 21 to address the incident. Coincidentally, Los Blancos are slated to square off against Barcelona that day in the first El Clasico of the La Liga season.

Cadena SER (via Sport) reported Benzema "offered the police a piece of paper, which he claimed gave him permission to drive provisionally." However, Benzema's car was reportedly seized, and Benzema was slapped with a ticket.

The Frenchman has a history of road-related incidents. According to the Associated Press, Benzema had his driver's license revoked for eight months in the spring after he was convicted of reckless driving and fined $23,400.