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PSG Women star Aminata Diallo is arrested for ‘hiring two men to attack and injure a club team-mate’ #PSG #Women #star #Aminata #Diallo #arrested #hiring #men #attack #injure #club #teammate

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A Paris Saint-Germain Women’s player has been arrested on suspicion of hiring two goons 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 Marly-le-Roi, near Versailles, by officers probing a November 4 attack on 31-year-old Kheira Hamraoui.

Hamraoui – a midfielder for PSG, a French international, and Diallo’s direct rival – was being driven home by the younger player when two masked men stopped the car and beat her so badly with iron bars that she required stitches.

She subsequently missed a Tuesday night Champions League game against Real Madrid, with Diallo – also a midfielder and French international – taking her place. PSG won the game 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 French media say they are working on the theory that she wanted her teammate injured in a case of rivalry-gone-wrong. 

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Kheira Hamraoui, 31, (left), was left needing stitches after a brutal assault on the night of November 4 – with teammate Aminata Diallo, 26, (right) now arrested in connection with it

Police have yet to charge Diallo (left) but are thought to be working on the theory that she hired goons to attack Hamraoui (right) to take her place in the squad

Police have yet to charge Diallo (left) but are thought to be working on the theory that she hired goons to attack Hamraoui (right) to take her place in the squad

Hamraoui was left needing stitches to her hands and legs after the attack, and missed a Champions League game this week

Hamraoui was left needing stitches to her hands and legs after the attack, and missed a Champions League game this week

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. 

The attack happened on the evening of November 4 following a team meal that PSG held for players in Paris, a relative of Hamraoui to French magazine L’Equipe.

After the meal, Diallo offered to drive Hamraoui from the restaurant to her home in the Yvelines region, close to where her own property is located.

When the pair got close to Hamraoui’s home, two masked men stopped the car and beat her with iron bars.

The assault is thought to have lasted a few minutes, after which the men fled.

Diallo was ‘detained’ by the two men during the assault but did not suffer any injuries, a club source told AFP.

It is not clear exactly how the two men stopped the car, or how Diallo was ‘detained’. 

Hamraoui was taken to hospital where she was given stitches in her legs and hands. 

She was unable to take part in PSG’s Champions League game with Real Madrid on Tuesday, with the club saying at the time that she sat the match out for ‘personal reason’s. Diallo started the match instead.

Hamraoui has spent the majority of her career playing in France’s Division 1 Féminine. She played for Hénin-Beaumont and Saint-Étienne before spending four seasons at PSG between 2012 and 2016.

She then signed for Lyon where she won the Champions League twice and the Coupe de France Féminine twice, with Lyon finishing top of Division 1 twice. 

Hamraoui then went to Barcelona where she helped her team to their first ever Champions League final but missed the game due to a red card suspension, which Barcelona lost to Lyon 4-1.

During her second season at Barcelona she helped the team to an historic treble win of the Primera División title, Champions League and Copa de la Reina. 

Hamraoui returned to PSG in July this year, saying: ‘I’ve reached all my objectives with Barcelona.’

Meanwhile Diallo singed for PSG in 2016 – the same year Hamraoui left – and has played for them for two seasons.

She spent most of the 2020 season on loan to the Utah Royals in America, and part of the 2021 season on loan with Atlético de Madrid Femenino. 

Diallo (far left) started in place of the injured Hamraoui (second right) in midfield against Real Madrid on Tuesday night, a game the team won 4-0. She was arrested the next morning

Diallo (far left) started in place of the injured Hamraoui (second right) in midfield against Real Madrid on Tuesday night, a game the team won 4-0. She was arrested the next morning 

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Diallo was driving Hamraoui home from a team meal when her car was stopped by two masked men who beat her teammate but left her unscathed

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 has confirmed Diallo has been taken into custody.  

In a club statement, PSG 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.

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.

Tonya Harding v Nancy Kerrigan: When sports rivalry turns dark

American ice-skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan were competing for a spot at the 1994 Winter Olympics and were long-standing figure skating rivalries. But things turned nasty… 

– Jan 6, 1994: The night before the US National Figure Skating Championships, Kerrigan is attacked by hired hitman Shane Stant, who used a 21-inch collapsible baton to strike Kerrigan’s right leg. 

Smith, with his uncle Derrick Smith, was contracted by Jeff Gillooly, the ex-husband of Harding and Harding’s bodyguard, Shawn Eckhardt. Cameras caught the aftermath and Kerrigan’s face as she screamed: ‘Why? Why? Why? Why me?’ 

– Jan 8, 1994: Harding wins gold at the 1994 Championships, guaranteeing her a spot at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway a month later. 

Yet in support of Kerrigan, her fellow skaters offered her a spot to compete in the Olympics as well… 

– Jan 12, 1994: Harding’s bodyguard, Eckhardt, confesses to the attack after an FBI investigation, and incriminates Stant, Gillooly and Smith, who was the driver of the getaway car.

Jan 14, 1994: The United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) deliberates on whether Harding should compete in Lillehammer and decides she is allowed to since no evidence has emerged to contradict her claims.

– Jan 27, 1994: Gilolly, the mastermind behind the attack, confesses and implicates Harding, Eckhardt, Stant and Smith.

Harding denies involvement, issuing the following statement: ‘Despite my mistakes and rough edges, I have done nothing to violate the standards of excellence in sportsmanship that are expected in an Olympic athlete.’

The U.S. Olympic Committee eventually decides that she can participate. 

– Feb 25, 1994: Harding finishes eighth in the Olympics, while Kerrigan wins the silver medal. 

– March 16, 1994: Harding pleads guilty to the charge of ‘conspiracy to hinder prosecution.’ She receives three years probation and a $160,000 fine. Later, her 1994 national championships title is revoked and she receives a lifetime ban from the USFSA

Everyone involved in Kerrigan’s attack serves jail time, aside from Harding. 

Tonya Harding eventually pleaded guilty to knowing about the attack on her rival

Tonya Harding eventually pleaded guilty to knowing about the attack on her rival 

Nancy Kerrigan was attacked ahead of the 1994 Winter Olympics by a hired hitman

Nancy Kerrigan was attacked ahead of the 1994 Winter Olympics by a hired hitman



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