Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse says accusations that he tried to blackmail Mathieu Valbuena are clearly funny.
Cisse was on Wednesday reported to be one of four people held by police over an alleged attempt to blackmail an international footballer.
But the striker who was questioned by French police as ‘a person of interest’ in an interview with intriguingly named French TV program Touche pas a mon poste (Don’t Touch My TV) claims the authorities just wanted to “hear my side of the story”.
“I have nothing to do with it, Mathieu is a friend of mine,” Cisse told host Cyril Hanouna. “I just warned him that there was something hot going on involving him. That’s it. End of story.
“Frankly, it’s not funny. It’s something that could have been very bad for me and for him.” The French star stated.
Cisse has denied any wrongdoing in the sex tape scandal, insisting he had merely been trying to do a friend a favor.
Cisse joined Liverpool in 2004 and scored 24 goals in 79 appearances for the Merseyside club before leaving in 2007. He then returned to the Premier League with Sunderland in 2008, netting 11 goals during a season-long loan, before joining QPR in January 2012, for whom he scored 10 goals in an 18-month spell.
Cisse, who was released by Ligue 1 side Bastia in the summer, also scored nine times for France in 41 appearances.