French soccer player Aminata Diallo arrested after attack on Paris Saint-Germain teammate


French soccer player Aminata Diallo has been taken into police custody in connection with an attack on one of her teammates, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The 26-year-old midfielder for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) was arrested on Wednesday morning by Versailles police as part of an investigation into “an attack on the club’s players” last Thursday evening, the soccer club said in a statement.

The Versailles prosecutor’s office confirmed to The Associated Press that Diallo was taken into custody, and that her teammate, Kheira Hamraoui, had been attacked. No other details were given.

Hamraoui and Diallo play together on PSG as well as France’s national soccer team.

“Paris Saint-Germain condemns in the strongest possible terms the violence committed,” PSG said. “Since Thursday evening the club has taken all necessary measures to guarantee the health, well-being and safety of its entire women’s team.”

PSG added that it will work closely 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,” PSG said.

Canadian soccer stars Ashley Lawrence, Stephanie Labbé and Jordyn Huitema also play for Paris Saint-Germain. 

Hamraoui needed stitches following attack

No other information was given, but several French media reports said Hamraoui was attacked following an evening out with Diallo and another teammate, who was not identified.

Broadcaster BFM TV reported that Diallo was driving them back when several people wearing masks attacked, and that Hamraoui was hit several times with a metal bar and needed stitches to her hands and legs.

Diallo started in midfield for PSG on Tuesday night in a 4-0 home win against Real Madrid in the group stage of the Champions League.

Hamraoui rejoined PSG in the offseason from Barcelona, which beat PSG in the Champions League semifinals in the spring.

Hamraoui previously played for PSG from 2012-16, the year Diallo joined from Guingamp.

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