PSG scandal: player Kheira Hamraoui attacked with an iron bar, her teammate Aminata Diallo in custody

On the field, sportingly, Hamraoui and Diallo are competing for a position in the midfielder of Paris SG, but also within the French women’s team.

But it is for a news item off the field that their names come out today.

Last Thursday, the two players were returning together, in the same vehicle, from a dinner organized by their club, when they were victims of an assault. Masked strangers attacked Hamraoui, hitting her in the legs with iron bars, according to the story made by the newspaper L’Equipe, which sources familiar with the matter were able to confirm to AFP.

Diallo, she would have been retained by the attackers, but not victim of physical violence herself, specified to AFP a source within the club.

The case, known to all the players of the club, did not prevent PSG from brilliantly passing its first European test of the season, Tuesday night against Real Madrid (4-0) in the Champions League ahead of more of 16,000 supporters at the Parc des Princes.

Hamraoui, officially indisposable for “personal reasons”, had left his place on the field that evening to Diallo, his usual club double, who played the game almost in full.

On Wednesday morning, the latter (26 years old) was arrested in Marly-le-Roi (Yvelines) and placed in police custody by the brigade of repression of the banditry of the judicial police of Versailles, seized by the prosecution of Versailles, a- we learned from a source with knowledge of the file.

This unexpected development made the club react, which until now considered Diallo one of the victims of the aggression.

Hamraoui holder, Diallo in lining

The PSG expressed itself via a press release in which it “takes note of the warning avue” of the midfielder, while condemning “with the greatest firmness the violence committed” last week. “Since Thursday evening November 4, the club has taken all necessary measures to ensure the health, well-being and safety of its players,” he added.

Back in Paris this summer, after a first stint in the capital (2012-2016), Hamraoui established herself at 31 among the reigning French champions, after winning the Women’s Champions League with FC Barcelona last May.

Long snubbed by coach Corinne Deacon, she was recalled to the France team in October, after two and a half years of absence. But she couldn’t honor the summons due to an injury.

Corinne Deacon had then recalled as reinforcement … Diallo, whose seventh and last selection dates back to April 2018. The Parisian, loaned in recent months to Royals Utah (United States) and Atlético Madrid (Spain), n ‘ however, did not have a single minute of play.

The trail of an internal rivalry at PSG, put forward by a source with L’Equipe, has revived the memory of the Harding-Kerrigan affair which had shaken the world of figure skating before the 1994 Winter Olympics.

The American skater Nancy Kerrigan, silver medalist during this Olympiad, had been attacked a few weeks earlier with the iron bar, at the level of a leg, during an ambush orchestrated by the entourage of Tonya Harding, one of its rivals on the ice.

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PSG scandal: player Kheira Hamraoui attacked with an iron bar, her teammate Aminata Diallo in custody

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