Football French prosecutors press sex-tape case against Cisse

  • Published:
L-R: France's Djibrill Cisse, Mathieu Valbuena and Karim Benzema play

L-R: France's Djibrill Cisse, Mathieu Valbuena and Karim Benzema

(AFP/File)
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

French prosecutors on Friday called for former Liverpool and Marseille striker Djibril Cisse to be charged with blackmail over a sex tape that cost Karim Benzema his place in France's Euro 2016 squad, legal sources told AFP.

Cisse and Benzema were both arrested last year over their alleged attempt to blackmail Lyon midfielder Mathieu Valbuena with a tape of Valbuena and his girlfriend.

Cisse, who said he had merely tipped off Valbuena about the existence of the tape, was later released without charge.

But prosecutors in Versailles, west of Paris, insist he has a case to answer.

Legal sources said Friday they had recommended for a second time that he face charges.

The court will decide on December 16 whether to take up the case.

So far Benzema has taken most of the blame for the affair.

In November, the Real Madrid star was charged with complicity in the attempted blackmail of fellow French international Valbuena.

Benzema has asked the court to throw out the investigation, insisting it was biased.

A ruling on his case is due in mid-December.

The sex tape scandal rocked French football, just as the country was preparing for the Euros. Politicians lined up to castigate Benzema, accusing him of sullying the national team's reputation.

France manager Didier Deschamps left Benzema off the host side over the affair, infuriating the striker who controversially claimed he was sidelined because of his Algerian roots.

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos





Top Articles

1 Jessica Lebene 9 hot photos of Afriyie Acquah’s new baby mamabullet
2 Sexual Assault Robinho sentenced to nine years in prisonbullet
3 Baby Jet A photo story of Asamoah Gyan through the years as he turns 32bullet
4 It's A Boy! Afriyie Acquah has a new baby with lady who leaked...bullet
5 Black Stars Captain 5 things Ghanaians will always remember...bullet
6 Ghanaian Players Abroad More cash for Thomas Partey as...bullet
7 National Duty This is how John Painstil ended up as a...bullet
8 Black Stars Ghana move up in FIFA ranking despite missing...bullet
9 Chelsea Star Twitter king Batshuayi shares nice photo...bullet
10 John Painstil "Rumours of me beating my wife destroyed...bullet

Top Videos

1 John Mensah Divorce from my wife made me stronger - John Mensahbullet
2 Video Andre Ayew’s screamer wins Premier League Goal for Octoberbullet
3 FIFA Ghana ranked 51st in the latest FIFA Rankingsbullet
4 Asamoah Gyan Gyan to Real Madridbullet
5 Video Highlights of former Ghana and Ajax midfielder who passed awaybullet
6 Video Watch highlights of Black Stars 0-3 victory at Saudi Arabiabullet
7 Video Ghanaians will forever love Junior Agogo for this goalbullet
8 Video Watch Ghanaian youngster's brace for Arsenalbullet
9 Video This sumptuous Ayew’s goal nominated for goal of...bullet
10 Video Watch Thomas Partey's goal against Elchebullet

Football