France and PSG Women soccer star is arrested after she allegedly ‘paid two men to attack a team-mate with an iron bar – leaving her needing stitches – so she could take her place in the team’, according to French media
PSG midfielder Kheira Hamraoui, was dragged out of a car and attacked by two masked men armed with iron bars, on Nov. 4
Aminata Diallo, 26, her PSG teammate and sporting rival, is suspected of orchestrating the attack and has been placed in custody
One of the men reportedly hit Hamraoui in the legs several times
Hamraoui, 31, left needing stitches has missed three games, including crucial missed Champions League game, through injury
Fellow midfielder Aminata Diallo started the matches
The driver, Aminata Diallo – teammate on both PSG and the French national teams – survived without injuries
Police have yet to charge Diallo and the masked attackers have not been identified
Cops are working on the theory that Diallo wanted her teammate injured so she could take her starting spot
A Paris Santi-Germain Women soccer player has been arrested in France Wednesday, on suspicion of hiring two men to attack her own teammate in a bid to steal her place in the squad.
Aminata Diallo, 26, was arrested early Wednesday at her home in Versailles, near Paris, by officers investigating a November 4 attack on 31-year-old Kheira Hamraoui.
Hamraoui was attacked while being driven home by Diallo by two masked men who stopped the car, dragged her out, and beat her so badly with iron bars that she required stitches and missed an important Champions League game. Diallo, a midfielder, started the game Tuesday night against Real Madrid, while Hamraoui, also a midfielder, watched from the stands. PSG won 4-0 and Diallo was arrested the next morning.
Police have yet to charge Diallo and are not thought to have identified the masked attackers, but are believed to be working on the theory that she wanted her teammate injured so she could take her place.
PSG has acknowledged Diallo’s arrest and confirmed that it is linked to an investigation over the assault of another of its players, but refused to comment further.
According to L’Equipe, two masked men armed with iron bars took Hamraoui out of the car and attacked her. One of the men reportedly hit Hamraoui in the legs several times. The attack lasted for a few minutes before both men fled.
Diallo was also detained by the attackers during the assault, but escaped uninjured, a source at the club told AFP. Hamraoui was taken to hospital where she received stitches in her legs and hands.
She was unable to take part in PSG’s Champions League game with Real Madrid on Tuesday.
Fellow midfielder Aminata Diallo started the match.
Diallo has started three of PSG’s seven league games this season and has come on as a sub in the other four, while Hamraoui has started six of the seven league games, with Diallo starting the other match against Soyaux-Charente on September 12.
They both started together for the game on October 10 versus Guingamp and October 31 for the game against Dijon but in the Women’s Champions League, Hamraoui started the first two matches with Diallo on the bench but the 31-year-old missed the third game yesterday due to the injuries sustained.
The club have confirmed Diallo has been taken into custody.
In a statement, the club said: ‘Paris Saint-Germain takes note of the police custody this morning of Aminata Diallo by the Versailles DRPJ as part of the procedure opened following an assault on Thursday last night against club players. ‘Paris Saint-Germain strongly condemns the violence committed.
‘Since Thursday evening November 4, the club has taken all the necessary measures to guarantee the health, well-being and safety of its players.
‘Paris Saint-Germain is working with the Versailles SRPJ to shed light on the facts. The club is attentive to the progress of the procedure and will study the follow-up to be given to it.’
The news comes just days before PSG’s huge top of the table clash with Lyon on Sunday.
Both teams are level on 21 points after seven games. PSG ended Lyon’s 14-year reign at the top of Division 1 by winning the title last season and also knocked them out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage. Lyon had won the European competition five years in a row.
PSG have confirmed Diallo, 26, has been taken into custody over the attack on Hamraoui, 31, which reportedly lasted a few minutes before both men fled
Hamraoui joined PSG in the summer after leaving Champions League winners Barcelona.
She was re-called to the France squad after a two-year absence for their 2023 World Cup qualifying matches last month but had to withdraw due to a calf injury, with Diallo called up in her place.
However, Diallo did not feature in either of France’s games against Estonia or Kazakhstan.