The name of Layvin Kurzawa has been in the news in recent days, and not just because he took a red card in the last match between his PSG team and Olympique de Marseille. The match under tension which was played on Sunday, September 13, 2020 ended in a victory for the Phocéens, with a goal from Florian Thauvin, but also five expulsions.
Tuesday September 15, it is by an extrasportive and judicial affair that Layvin Kurzawa was concerned. Several men had wanted to blackmail him in 2017, using a video of him in which he made very critical remarks towards Didier Deschamps, the coach of the France team, while he wears the jersey of the Blues. On July 31 of that same year, the 28-year-old footballer lodged a complaint after a certain “Hervé” had contacted him to obtain 250,000 euros in exchange for the non-disclosure of the compromising video.
Three of the five people involved in this blackmail case were tried by the Versailles criminal court, as reported by Le Parisien. Among them, Aboubakary, who was close to Layvin Kurzawa, who was sentenced to 16 months in prison, but who came out of the court free. The other two people present were released. Two other suspects have not yet appeared, including Mamaye, the former friend of the PSG player who captured the images of the famous video that caused the blackmail. The latter had denied any involvement in the blackmail on the pretext that he had lost his cell phone and that the video had been recovered without his knowledge. But investigators quickly discovered that the man – whom Layvin Kurzawa knew at the Monaco training center – was at the center of this case, as was Aboubakary. Having contracted Covid-19, Mamaye could not be present at the Versailles criminal court.
When he was the victim of blackmail three years ago, Layvin Kurzawa had taken his responsibilities towards Didier Deschamps by revealing himself its content, before it became public. During an interview with Téléfoot, on TF1, the defender of PSG and the France team had mentioned “a youthful mistake”, which Didier Deschamps had immediately forgiven him thanks to his honesty.