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Cissé held over Valbuena sex tape blackmail plot

Former Liverpool footballer Djibril Cissé was one of four people arrested by French police on Tuesday in connection with a plot to blackmail French international Mathieu Valbuena over a possible sex tape.

Cissé held over Valbuena sex tape blackmail plot
Mathieu Valbuena left and Djibril Cissé on the right. Photo: AFP

The four, including Cissé, are being questioned by police over the “attempted extortion of money” from Valbuena, who is currently playing with Olympic Lyon.

Cissé was arrested by police early on Tuesday morning.

According to L'Express news site, Cissé, a former French international striker and household name in the UK after spells with Liverpool, Sunderland and QPR, may soon be released without charge if any wrongdoing on his part is ruled out.

The connection of Cissé to the other arrested men is not clear, nor is the reason why he has come under suspicion of being involed.

The other three men were arrested in the Bouches-du-Rhône and Oise départements, and are suspected of masterminding a blackmail plot against Valbuena.

It is believed the plan involved telling Valbuena they were possession of a sex tape made by him and his partner and were threatening to make it public unless the player paid up.

A source close to the investigation told French media that they have not confirmed the existence of the tape.

Lawyers for Valbuena, 31, told AFP they would not comment while the investigation was under way.

Cisse himself made a complaint to police in 2008 after claiming he was the target of a blackmail attempt involving a sex tape while he was playing for Marseille.

The flamboyant Cisse is currently appearing as a contestant on France's version of “Strictly Come Dancing”, “Danse avec les stars”.

The judicial police at Versailles are in charge of the investigation.

 

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French prosecutors demand jail term for Russian accused of leaving England football fan with brain damage

French prosecutors on Friday called for a 15-year prison sentence for one of two Russians accused of beating a British supporter during Euro 2016, an attack that left him with brain injuries.

French prosecutors demand jail term for Russian accused of leaving England football fan with brain damage
Russian fans light flares at the match against England in 2016.. Photo: AFP

One prosecutor, Christophe Raffin, asked for the “legal maximum… between 14 and 15 years” for Pavel Kossov, who is accused of throwing the first punch at 55-year-old Andrew Bache.

Bache was injured in the violence that broke out before England played Russia in the southern French port city of Marseille on June 11th, 2016.

The second Russian on trial in Aix-en-Provence, Mikhail Ivkine, stands accused of throwing a chair at the victim, with prosecutors asking for a potential suspended sentence of up to five years.

He has claimed he was defending himself.

“No, it wasn't legitimate self-defence, it was illegitimate use of force against Andrew Bache,” Raffin said of the violence.

 

Police give emergency aid to Andrew Bache following clashes in the city of Marseille. Photo: AFP

The prosecutors said the Russians were part of a group of about 150 men, many with martial arts training, who wrought havoc in Marseille.

Bache, from Portsmouth in southern England, has no memory of the events and is too frail to attend the trial.

His son Harry, who nurses his father, is representing him in court.

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