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PSG football player Aminata Diallo arrested following assault on teammate

A player of the Paris Saint-Germain women’s football team was arrested Wednesday by French police for her alleged involvement in the assault of a teammate intended to prevent him from playing, according to a person close to the investigation .

The player, Aminata Diallo, 26, was questioned six days after PSG midfielder Kheira Hamraoui was attacked by two men wielding a metal bar as Diallo dropped Hamraoui off at his home in the Paris suburbs after a dinner in team. Hamraoui, 31, suffered leg and hand injuries and was treated at a nearby hospital.

“Paris Saint-Germain condemns this violence with the greatest conviction,” the club said in French. “Since the evening of Thursday, November 4, the club has taken all necessary measures to guarantee the health, well-being and safety of its players.”

Details of the incident were first reported by French sports daily L’Equipe. Diallo had stopped the car near Hamraoui’s home when two men came out in ski balaclavas. Hamraoui was pulled from the car by one while Diallo was held back by the other. Nothing was stolen.

A lawyer for Diallo could not be reached immediately. Versailles police, who made the arrest, declined to comment.

Kheira Hamraoui was injured in an attack last week.


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News of the attack sent shock waves through French football, where PSG are one of the country’s two most prestigious women’s clubs. Last season, Paris broke Olympique Lyonnais’ streak of 14 consecutive league titles and confirmed their hopes of joining the elite of European women’s games. Over the summer, he beefed up his squad to compete in another title race, with the experienced Hamraoui returning to the club after a stint at FC Barcelona.

This put her in direct competition for a starting place with Diallo. The pair had also made more than 50 combined appearances for the French national team. Last month, Hamraoui was called up by Les Bleues to replace Diallo after retiring with a calf injury.

“The club are following the procedure closely and will consider how to react,” said PSG.

History immediately drew parallels with the 1994 attack on American figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, just weeks before the Lillehammer Olympics. Kerrigan, who won a bronze medal at the 1992 Games, was struck in the legs with a stick as she came off the ice by an associate of her rival Tonya Harding. Kerrigan won Olympic silver. Harding was subsequently banned from the sport for life.

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