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Former France striker Djibril Cisse arrested in blackmail case

French L1 football club SC Bastia's newly recruited French forward Djibril Cisse poses on the Marana beach on January 9, 2014, outside Bastia. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA (Photo credit should read PASCAL POCHARD CASABIANCA/AFP/Getty Images)

French L1 football club SC Bastia's newly recruited French forward Djibril Cisse poses on the Marana beach on January 9, 2014, outside Bastia. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA (Photo credit should read PASCAL POCHARD CASABIANCA/AFP/Getty Images)

PARIS --

Former France striker Djibril Cisse has been arrested as part of an investigation into a blackmail case that allegedly involves another football player.

Versailles prosecutor's office said in a statement that three other people were also put in custody on Tuesday morning.

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

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

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