Paris Saint-Germain women’s footballer Aminata Diallo was detained by police Wednesday in connection with a vicious street assault on a teammate and fellow French national player last week.
Jameela News reports that Aminata Diallo was returning with fellow midfielder Kheira Hamraoui from a Paris dinner organised by PSG last Thursday when armed men held up their car and dragged out Hamraoui, who was then hit on the legs with an iron bar.
Hamraoui, who required stitches in the hospital afterwards, was notably absent from the PSG team on Tuesday evening for a Champions League game against Real Madrid at home, with Diallo playing in her place in central midfield.
PSG said it was working with police “to shed light on the facts. The club will be following the investigation and will look at the conclusions that need to be drawn.”
It said that since the attack the club “had taken all the necessary measures to ensure the health, well-being, and security of its players.”
Aminata Diallo, 26, was briefly held by the balaclava-wearing attackers during the assault near Hamraoui’s home but was not injured, a source at the club said.
The Grenoble-born player could not be reached for comment and neither police nor prosecutors gave any reason for her detention.
Diallo was detained by police who specialised in organised crime at her home in Marly-le-Roi, a suburb west of Paris.
Late afternoon on Wednesday, her detention was extended by 24 hours, Versailles prosecutor Maryvonne Caillebotte said.
Aminata Diallo could now remain in a Versailles police station until Friday morning.
A man “who could be linked to the attack”, but is not related to Diallo, was also taken into police custody in the central city of Lyon, Caillebotte said.
The prosecutor added that Diallo had spoken while in police custody but had not called a lawyer.