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A French soccer player tried to pull a Tonya Harding on her teammate

In a story straight out of 1994, a French footballer has been arrested for allegedly hiring two masked men to hit her teammate’s legs with metal bars in a plot to injure her and free up playing time on the pitch.

According to French authorities, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) midfielder Aminata Diallo has offered her teammate and fellow midfielder Kheira Hamraoui a return home to the posh suburb on the outskirts of Paris where they both live after a team dinner with club officials last week.

When the car arrived at Hamraoui’s home, two masked men dragged her out of the passenger seat and beat her legs with metal bars for several minutes, but left Diallo unharmed. Somehow Hamraoui was badly bruised but with no broken bones in her legs, The New York Times reported.

Noël Le Graët, the president of the French Football Federation, said he was shocked by Diallo’s arrest in connection with the attack on Hamraoui. Both women played for the France team. “What is suspected is implausible,” he said. “I know both players. I am appalled if what is said is true. It seems unimaginable.

On Tuesday, Diallo started in place of Hamraoui, who was then on the absentee list for a personal problem, for PSG in their 4-0 win over Real Madrid in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

“Paris Saint-Germain can confirm that Aminata Diallo was taken into custody this morning by the Regional Security of Versailles as part of the procedure opened following an attack on Club players last Thursday evening”, indicated PSG in a press release. “Paris Saint-Germain condemns in the strongest terms the violence committed. Since Thursday evening the Club has taken all necessary measures to guarantee the health, well-being and safety of its entire women’s team. Paris Saint-Germain is working with the Versailles Police to clarify the facts. The Club is closely monitoring the progress of the procedure and will study the follow-up to be given. »

If the story sounds familiar, it’s because it happened in 1994 when Shane Stant was hired by Tonya SmithJeff Gillooly’s ex-husband will attack his skate rival Nancy Kerriganthe right leg of with a collapsible 21-inch baton following an on-ice practice at Cobo Arena in Detroit.

Kerrigan was forced to withdraw from the United States Figure Skating Championships due to her injuries while Harding won the competition and earned a spot on the 1994 United States Olympic Team. Kerrigan also managed to make the team and won the silver medal at the Lillehammer Games. Harding, who pleaded guilty to obstructing prosecution when the attack went to court, finished eighth and without a medal.