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Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse held in 6am police raid over Mathieu Valbuena sex tape blackmail plot after old team-mate was asked for up to £75,000 to stop release 

  • Djirbril Cisse has been arrested in France over a sex tape blackmail plot
  • Ex-Liverpool star alleged to be involved in blackmailing Mathieu Valbuena
  • Cisse is one of four men being held by judicial police on Tuesday morning
  • Valbuena was allegedly asked for money for sex tape not to be published
  • Cisse and Valbuena played together with France and Marseille 

By Peter Allen and Oliver Todd for MailOnline

Published: 04:59 EST, 13 October 2015 | Updated: 09:08 EST, 13 October 2015

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Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse has been arrested regarding a plot to blackmail his former team-mate and France international Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape.

Cisse, who played for Liverpool, Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers in the Barclays Premier League across 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,' a source working for investigators in Versailles, west of Paris, said.

Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse, pictured with his partner Marie-Cecile Lenzini (left), has been arrested regarding a plot to blackmail former team-mate and France international Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape
Cisse is a widely-recognised striker who has played for three Premier League clubs

Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse, pictured with his partner Marie-Cecile Lenzini (left), has been arrested regarding a plot to blackmail former team-mate and France international Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape

France star Valbuena is pictured alongside his partner Fanny Lafon - it is unclear whether the alleged sex tape that is said to involve the midfielder features anyone else, or who they are

France star Valbuena is pictured alongside his partner Fanny Lafon - it is unclear whether the alleged sex tape that is said to involve the midfielder features anyone else, or who they are

Lyon midfielder Valbuena was asked for money in return for the tape not being published, it is alleged

Lyon midfielder Valbuena was asked for money in return for the tape not being published, it is alleged

Cisse has played in the Barclays Premier League with Liverpool, Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers

Cisse has played in the Barclays Premier League with Liverpool, Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers

Valbuena and Cisse are pictured together from their time as team-mates with Marseille in 2008

Valbuena and Cisse are pictured together from their time as team-mates with Marseille in 2008

Cisse is accused of conspiracy to blackmail, a charge with a maximum five-year prison sentence.

The striker, who cost Liverpool £14.5million 11 years ago, 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.

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 during the striker's spell there between 2006 and 2009 as well as playing together with the France national team.

Last week, Cisse attacked his ex-wife for appearing on a Channel 5 reality TV programme. He branded Jude Cisse 'a disgrace' for featuring in Britain's Flashiest Families.

Cisse celebrates scoring for Sunderland
Cisse is due to appear on the French version of Strictly Come Dancing, 'Danse avec les stars', this month

Cisse is due to appear on the French version of Strictly Come Dancing, 'Danse avec les stars', this month

The French forward celebrates scoring for QPR during his last spell in England, a short stay at Loftus Road

The French forward celebrates scoring for QPR during his last spell in England, a short stay at Loftus Road

Cisse and Valbuena celebrate at the Stade Velodrome after a goal against Valenciennes in May 2008

Cisse and Valbuena celebrate at the Stade Velodrome after a goal against Valenciennes in May 2008

The pair have played together for France, and are pictured here flanking striker Nicolas Anelka

The pair have played together for France, and are pictured here flanking striker Nicolas Anelka

DJIBRIL CISSE - CAREER

Auxerre - 1998-2004

Liverpool - 2004-2007 (£14.5million fee)

Marseille - 2006-2007 (loan)

Marseille - 2007-2009 (£6m fee)

Sunderland - 2008-2009 (loan)

Panathinaikos - 2009-2011 (£7m fee)

Lazio - 2011-2012 (£3m fee)

Queens Park Rangers - 2012-13 (£4m fee)

Al Gharafa - 2013 (loan)

Kuban Krasnodar - 2013-14 (free transfer)

Bastia - 2014-15 (free transfer)

JS Saint-Pierroise - 2015 (free transfer)

France - 41 caps - 9 goals

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

Cisse was particularly angry that his former partner had allowed their three children to be filmed.

In three separate posts on Twitter, Cisse said: 'Omg u go crying that u dont have enought money to raise rhe kids and u go flasing on cars f....... Joke u r a disgrace.

'Dont worry i will tell my side of the story u cant full people like this u punk.

'Showing off the kids on national tv what a joke this is a f..... Disgrace i will not accept this c***.'

He later shared a photo showing him with new love Marie-Cecile Lenzini, writing: 'After 4 years u still talking about me? Get a life do like me find love.'

Cisse first came into the public eye in England when he was signed by Gerard Houllier for a Liverpool club-record fee of £14.5m in 2004, becoming the first non-English speaking player to hold the Anfield side's transfer record.

Cisse was at Liverpool between 2004 and 2007
Cisse and his ex-wife Jude are pictured together in Liverpool

Last week, Cisse attacked his ex-wife Jude Cisse for appearing on a Channel 5 reality TV programme

Valbuena and Cisse joke around during France training in 2010 as Bayern star Franck Ribery watches on

Valbuena and Cisse joke around during France training in 2010 as Bayern star Franck Ribery watches on

MATHIEU VALBUENA - CAREER 

Libourne - 2004-2006

Marseille - 2006-2014 (free transfer)

Dynamo Moscow - 2014-2015 (£6m fee)

Lyon - 2015-present (£4m fee)

France - 49 caps - 8 goals

After returning to France with Marseille in 2007, he joined Sunderland on loan for the 2008-09 season but was not signed on a permanent deal after the North-East club finished 16th in the Premier League.

His final spell in England finished just over two years ago when he left relegated QPR after a loan at Qatari club Al Gharafa.

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

Cisse and Notargiacomo are pictured last week at a photocall for the show

Cisse is currently preparing to appear on 'Danse avec les stars' alongside dancer Silvia Notargiacomo

Cisse's final spell in England finished just over two years ago when he left relegated QPR

Cisse's final spell in England finished just over two years ago when he left relegated QPR

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