LIVER­POOL STAR IS AR­RESTED OVER ‘SEX TAPE BLACK­MAIL’

Cops quiz French star over bid to take cash from ex-team­mate

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By WENDY THOMAS news@sun­daysport.co.uk

FOR­MER Liver­pool striker Djib­ril Cisse has been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with a plot to black­mail for­mer team-mate and France in­ter­na­tional Mathieu Val­buena over a SEX TAPE.

Cisse, who also played for Sun­der­land and QPR in the Premier League dur­ing three spells in Eng­land, is one of four men be­ing held by ju­di­cial po­lice in France.

“We can con­firm that he is be­ing ques­tioned over his role in this af­fair,” said a source work­ing for in­ves­ti­ga­tors in Ver­sailles, west of Paris.

Cisse is sus­pected of con­spir­acy to black­mail – a charge which car­ries a max­i­mum five-year prison sen­tence.

The striker, who cost Liver­pool £14.5mil­lion in 2004, is said to have been part of a plot to ex­tort money from Val­buena.

The ar­rests took place in the Bouches-du-Rhone and Oise de­part­ments.

Slammed

Val­buena, the diminu­tive 31-year-old Lyon midfielder who has been linked with a num­ber of Premier League clubs, was asked for money in re­turn for the tape not be­ing pub­lished, it is al­leged.

Cisse, 34, joined Saint-Pier­roise in the Re­union Premier League, the top di­vi­sion in the French over­seas ter­ri­tory Re­union lo­cated east of Mada­gas­car, this sum­mer.

He signed a month-long deal with the 850,000-pop­u­la­tion is­land-based club – but is now due to ap­pear on the French ver­sion of Strictly Come Danc­ing, Danse Avec Les Stars, later this month.

Cisse and Val­buena were team-mates at Mar­seille be­tween 2006 and 2009, as well as play­ing to­gether with the French na­tional team.

Last week, Cisse slammed his ex-wife for ap­pear­ing on a Chan­nel 5 re­al­ity TV show.

He branded Jude Cisse “a dis­grace” for fea­tur­ing in Bri­tain’s Flashiest Fam­i­lies.

The progamme showed Ms Cisse, who cel­e­brated her di­vorce with a party and three­tiered cake de­pict­ing a head­less groom, shop­ping for a Porsche.

Cisse was par­tic­u­larly an­gry that she had al­lowed their three chil­dren to be filmed.

Cisse be­came the first non-English speak­ing player to hold Liver­pool’s trans­fer record.

His fi­nal spell in Eng­land ended just over two years ago when he left rel­e­gated QPR.

Cisse moved to the Rus­sian Premier League for a short spell with Kuban Krasnodar be­fore re­turn­ing to France.

TAR­GET: Mathieu Val­buena

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