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Preliminary charge for Djibril Cisse in Mathieu Valbuena sex tape probe

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Djibril Cisse is under formal investigation in the Mathieu Valbuena blackmail case.

Former France and Liverpool forward Djibril Cisse says in a statement released by his lawyer that he has been handed a preliminary charge in an alleged extortion scam over a sex tape involving Lyon midfielder Mathieu Valbuena.

The statement said the charge was filed on Feb. 24 and called it "a non-event." It did not specify the allegation he faces.

The story broke in November 2015 when Real Madrid's Karim Benzema was charged with conspiracy to blackmail as part of the investigation. Benzema is suspected...

 By Ian Holyman

Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse announces retirement from football

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Djibril Cisse won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005.

Former Liverpool and France striker Djibril Cisse has announced he is retiring from football. 

Cisse, 35, had initially declared his career was over in October 2015, stating recurrent, debilitating problems with a hip would require replacement surgery.

However, after going under the knife early last year, the former Sunderland and Lazio forward made an attempt to return to the professional world in which he had last featured at the end of the 2014-15 season while at Bastia. 

He returned...

 By Ian Holyman

Djibril Cisse targets comeback after successful hip replacement surgery

Djibril Cisse has said he will be ready to return in January.

Former France and Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse has told RMC he wants to return to professional football less than a year after hip replacement surgery.

Cisse, 35, has not played a competitive game since featuring for Ligue 1 Bastia in the final match of the 2014-15 season.

He had been suffering chronic hip problems in recent years and after having replacement surgery, returned to Auxerre, where he made his name between 1999 and 2004.

He has since trained with the youth and reserve teams and also...

 By Chris Wright

Ex-Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse is warm-up DJ for Mariah Carey

If you've been wondering just what ex-Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse is up to these days, then wonder no more.

After trying his hand at being a fashion designer, the recently retired Cisse is now making ends meet as a DJ for hire. Indeed, his latest gig, as unlikely as it may sound, was opening for Mariah Carey at her concert in Paris last week.

Cisse actually announced the news a few days beforehand, proudly alerting his Twitter followers of his immense "joy and honour" at being asked to warm up...


Djibril Cisse may come out of retirement after successful hip op

Djibril Cisse celebrates scoring for Bastia.

Former France international Djibril Cisse says he may return to football after undergoing a successful hip operation.

Cisse, 34, announced his retirement last October after revealing that he would need a hip replacement. But the former Liverpool, Sunderland and QPR striker says that making a comeback seems a realistic possibility now that he is pain free.

"A return to the pitch - why not?," he told the Auxerre-based paper L'Yonne Republicaine.

"If I can, I'll play again. We'll give it a try.


 By Mark Rodden

Karim Benzema has not confessed to Valbuena blackmail - lawyer

Karim Benzema's lawyer denied reports on Friday that the Real Madrid striker had confessed to telling France teammate Mathieu Valbuena that he should hand over money to people attempting to blackmail him.

Benzema, 27, was charged with conspiracy to blackmail on Thursday as part of an investigation as part of an investigation over a sex tape involving Valbuena.

Several French media outlets cited police sources as saying that Benzema was approached by a childhood friend to act as an intermediary between...