L’Équipe report this morning that Paris Saint-Germain Féminines midfielder Aminata Diallo has been placed under police custody by investigators over a suspected link to the recent assault of teammate Kheira Hamraoui.
The French international was arrested at her home early this morning by the Versailles judiciary police, after Hamraoui, who plays in the same position, was ambushed on the evening of November 4.
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 have since released a statement acknowledging Diallo’s placement under custody, referencing the investigation over assault against its players on Thursday night. The club is collaborating with the authorities and has taken steps to “guarantee the health, safety, and wellbeing” of its players.