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Djibril Cissé ‘one million percent’ confident of sex tape exoneration

France international Djibril Cissé insisted he's done nothing wrong over the Mathieu Valbuena sex tape scandal in an interview published on Saturday.

Djibril Cissé 'one million percent' confident of sex tape exoneration
French footballer Djibril Cisse now plays for Swiss' 3rd Division club Yverdon Sport FC. PHOTO: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP
The former Liverpool and Marseille striker told l'Equipe he was “one million percent” confident he will be exonerated of any wrongdoing.
 
“If I'd done something stupid I'd own up to it,” said Cissé, 36, who currently plays for Yverdon in the Swiss third division. “Apart from informing Mathieu and telling him to be careful, I can't see what I can be reproached for. Those who deserve it will be convicted, but I'm one million percent confident.”
 
The interminable sex tape affair broke in 2015 after Valbuena, who now plays for Fenerbahce in Turkey, was the victim of an attempt to blackmail him over the intimate tape.
 
His fellow France international Karim Benzema of Real Madrid and Cissé were amongst a number of people accused of involvement in the blackmail attempt.
 
Benzema and Cissé are both under investigation for “complicity to and attempted blackmail”.

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‘Overwhelmed’: Unaware Swiss super fan stunned about viral fame

A Swiss super fan who has shot to fame after images of him watching Switzerland’s win over France went viral told the media he was unaware of his viral fame - but that he was overwhelmed with the world’s attention.

‘Overwhelmed’: Unaware Swiss super fan stunned about viral fame
Image: Twitter.

Like most Swiss football fans, Luca Loutenbach’s Monday evening – highlighted by a surprise upset win over the current World Champions and tournament favourite France – went about as well as you could have expected. 

But while his side were putting on the pressure through late goals to push the game into extra time, Loutenbach’s image was being shared across the world. 

Two pictures of Loutenbach, juxtaposed from before and after Switzerland scored an equaliser in the 90th minute to send the game to extra time, were widely shared. 

The images were even shared by Sadiq Kahn, the mayor of London, who congratulated Switzerland and said the images summed up the beauty of football. 

On Tuesday, Loutenbach spoke with Swiss tabloid Blick to tell the story. He said he had no idea about the images as his phone had no reception in Romania – and only found out after the game. 

“I didn’t have a network during the game. But some fans around me were connected to the internet and quickly realized what was happening. What an incredible buzz!” said the man from the canton of Jura. 

While Switzerland have made it further than they have in their history in the tournament, Loutenbach is far from a bandwagon fan. He told Blick he’s seen around 50 national team games before. 

“It’s the most beautiful day in the history of Swiss football, let’s not be afraid of saying it. It is the accomplishment of the immense work of the ASF (Federation), of (coach) Petkovic and of the whole team” he said. 

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