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PSG female player Aminata Diallo in police custody over attack on teammate Kheira Hamraoui

According to L’équipe, Paris Saint Germain and France midfielder Aminata Diallo is in police custody on allegations of attempting to eliminate one of her teammates.

The 26-years-old midfielder was arrested on Wednesday morning on allegations of attempting to physically injure Kheira Hamraoui to eliminate her in competition for places, by having two masked men drag Hamraoui out of her car to punch and hit her legs.

A person close to Hamraoui explains that she was on her way back from a club event, accompanied by two teammates. She had been near her home and sitting in a car with Diallo at the wheel, when two masked individuals appeared, one of whom dragged her out of the car. The attacker then struck her with an iron bar multiple times on the legs for several minutes, before escaping.

The former Barcelona player, who returned to PSG this summer, was then taken to hospital and emerged with various stitches on her legs and hands, according to the same source. As a result, Hamraoui was unable to play in yesterday’s Champions League tie against Real Madrid, which would have been her 100th appearance with the club.

One observer notes that as nothing was robbed from either of the two players, and that Hamraoui’s legs were being targeted, a scenario involving a potential internal rivalry at PSG is being explored.

PSG released a statement condemning any form of violence.

“Paris Saint-Germain can confirm that Aminata Diallo was taken into custody this morning by the Versailles Regional Police Service as part of the proceedings opened following an attack on the Club’s players last Thursday evening.

“Paris Saint-Germain condemns in the strongest possible 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 paying close attention to the progress of the proceedings and will study what action to take.”

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