A former Paris Saint-Germain player appeared before a judge on Friday to face possible charges over the brutal attack on teammate Khaira Hamrawi last November that rocked women’s soccer in France, prosecutors said.
Aminata Diallo, 27, was arrested early Friday for a second time in connection with the attack on Hamrawi outside. Pariswhich researchers initially suggested was motivated by an athletic competition.
Diallo’s re-arrest comes after four men were also arrested this week in connection with the Hamrawi attack, two of whom were later charged with aggravated violence.
A judicial source told AFP that the two men implicated Diallo in the attack under investigation, although Diallo denied any involvement.
Diallo was a star driving Hamrawi PSG The midfielder was home from a club dinner on November 4, 2021, when he was allegedly forced to stop by two masked men.
Hamrawi was then dragged out and beaten on the legs with an iron rod, resulting in injuries that required stitches in hospital.
“It was an ambush. These people were waiting for me behind a truck. They were in the right place at the right time. How could they be so well informed?” He told French newspaper L’Equipe in June.
According to media reports, Hamrawi also told police that he suspected Diallo might be involved because of the unusual route he took to the house and the slow speed of their vehicle when the two assailants got out to stop the car.
Hamrawi’s lawyer declined to comment when contacted by AFP on Friday.
Since the attack, Hamrawi’s defense have said he has been the target of a harassment campaign instigated by his team-mates over suspicions against Diallo, which has affected team morale and PSG’s performance.
He has been kept apart from his team-mates since the start of the 2022-23 season, although he insists he intends to complete his contract with PSG until June 2023.
Terrible for women’s football
At the time of the attack, Hamroi and Diallo were competing for a midfield spot in the PSG team.
Diallo was arrested by the police immediately after the incident, but was released pending investigation.
The attack shook the wealthy Qatari-owned club and the French women’s league more widely, as did women Soccer The popularity is increasing.
Clubs across Europe have dedicated money to women’s clubs in recent years, with Paris Saint-Germain attracting 16,000 fans to a game against Real Madrid just a week after the November 2021 attack.
Veteran France international Hamrawi returned to Paris Saint-Germain last summer from Barcelona, where he won three trophies, including last year’s Champions League.
Diallo, who has played 7 times for France, has been without a club since his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expired.