French police arrested a member of the Paris Saint-Germain women’s soccer team Wednesday as part of an investigation into an attack on one of her teammates, who was pulled out of her car and kicked in the legs by a masked man armed with metal bars last week.
The club confirmed that the arrested player, midfielder Aminat Diallo, was taken into custody as part of an investigation into an attack on his players last Thursday. PSG, which won its first championship this year, did not provide any details about the incident or name the players who were attacked.
Diallo, 26, was arrested Wednesday morning, the day after she replaced her injured teammate Heira Hamraui in PSG’s midfield in the Champions League match against Real Madrid. Hamraoui, the 31-year-old who signed with Barcelona before this season, did not play; she is recovering from injuries to both legs and arms from the attack that took place in the afternoon of the team.
Hamraoui agreed to travel home from Diallo after the meal. As they drove, the car was stopped by two men, according to a person familiar with the situation, who confirmed the details. first published sports newspaper L’Equipe. According to the man, the women were dragged out of the car, and when Diallo was held by one of the attackers, Hamraoui was attacked.
“Paris Saint-Germain is working with the Versailles police to clarify the facts,” the group said in a statement. statement… “The club is closely following the progress of the proceedings and will study what action should be taken.”
The incident and the allegations immediately sparked memories of the 1994 attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, who was attacked at the US Championships that year in a conspiracy orchestrated by the former husband of rival figure skater Tony Harding. Kerrigan was attacked after training by a man who repeatedly hit her in the legs with a police baton.
After Kerrigan was forced to withdraw from the championship due to injuries, Harding won the competition to qualify for a spot on the 1994 US Olympic team. Kerrigan was later named to the team despite not qualifying and won a silver medal at the Lillehammer Games a few weeks later. Harding, who has long denied involvement in the attack but pleaded guilty to obstructing the prosecution, finished eighth.
PSG said on Wednesday that it provided its players with extra security in the early days after the attack, an extra layer of defense that it regularly organizes for its famous male players. Several PSG players have had their homes robbed in recent years – sometimes with family members inside – while they weren’t playing matches.
Last Thursday’s attack left Hamraoui badly shaken, with cuts and severe bruises, but no fractures in her legs.
“Since Thursday night, the club has taken all the necessary measures to ensure the health, well-being and safety of its entire women’s team,” PSG said in a statement.
Competition for places in the French championship rankings has intensified after the women’s team finally put an end to the dominance of their league and continental rival Lyon, winning their first French title last season. PSG have finished second to Lyon eight times in the previous 10 years.
The signing of 31-year-old Hamraoui of European champion Barcelona for his second match at PSG was part of the club’s efforts to strengthen its position amid continued internal rivalry with Lyon. The two clubs have established themselves at the top of the French league, each winning all seven games played this season.
Diallo returned from loan to Atlético Madrid and was effectively used as Hamraui’s understudy. Former French national team player, Hamraoui represented her country in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics.