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PSG's Kurzawa victim of video blackmail plot

France defender Layvin Kurzawa pictured during the World Cup 2018 qualifier against the Netherlands at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on August 31, 2017

Paris Saint-Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa was the victim of a 200,000-euro ($239,000) blackmail plot involving a video of the France international mocking national coach Didier Deschamps, judicial sources revealed on Monday.

Paris Saint-Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa was the victim of a 200,000-euro ($239,000) blackmail plot involving a video of the France international mocking national coach Didier Deschamps, judicial sources revealed on Monday.

Four men aged between 25 and 30 were arrested and charged with the foiled blackmail attempt during the summer. Three of them have been remanded in custody.

The PSG player was filmed on a mobile phone in a shisha bar in Paris with the footage falling into the hands of the blackmail gang, sources related confirming a report on Europe 1 radio.

"In this recording the player makes uncalled for gestures aimed at the France national manager," a source disclosed.

When the plotters approached 25-year-old Kurzawa he contacted the police, who set in train a sting operation.

A police officer established contact with the gang acting as an intermediary for the player to set up a rendezvous.

But investigations suggested the gang planned to assault Kurzawa outside his home in the Paris suburbs.

A team of police officers watching the player's home arrested three men caught in the act in August, with a fourth suspect detained this month.

Kurzawa moved from Monaco to PSG in 2015. He has turned out nine times for France, including their last two outings against the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

The affair could compromise his chances of featuring for his country in their World Cup qualifiers away to Bulgaria and at home to Belarus next month, with Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy among the other options available to Deschamps in his position.

Kurzawa is the second France player to be targeted in a blackmail plot after the Mathieu Valbuena sex-tape scandal implicating France strikers Djibril Cisse and Real Madrid star Karim Benzema.

The defender's former PSG team-mate Serge Aurier, now with Tottenham Hotspur, was censured by his club in February last year after footage emerged of him criticising his then-coach Laurent Blanc on the social media app Periscope.

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