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Ex-Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse released amid French blackmail probe

Former France and Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse has been released by police after being detained for questioning over a blackmail case allegedly involving another football player.

The Versailles prosecutor's office said Cisse was released without appearing before a judge.

Three other people were also held on Tuesday morning over an alleged extortion plot.

Cisse was questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to blackmail, an offence which can carry a maximum prison sentence of five years.

A prosecutor's spokeswoman said the identity of the victim will not be revealed "out of respect for his/her private life".

According to reports in the French media, the extortion plot targeted another France international.

Cisse, 34, whose career has been marred by injuries, is currently without a club. The former Liverpool player scored nine goals in 41 games for France.

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