The Paris Saint-Germain female player attacked by masked men two weeks ago has revealed the timeline and grim details of her assault with an iron bar.
Kheira Hamraoui, 31, was pulled out of a car driven by her 26-year-old PSG teammate Aminata Diallo and hit with an iron bar, leaving her with several bruises and cuts on her legs that required stitches.
Diallo was arrested last week on suspicion of orchestrating the Nov. 4 attack on her teammate, who plays in the same midfield position and is a direct rival for a starting spot.
Since then, the 26-year-old has been released and has vehemently denied being part of the attack, calling the accusation a “perfectly artificial dramatization.”
Since then, the French police have expanded their investigation to find those responsible for the attack.
But now, the French sports newspaper L’Equipe They have released police details on how the attack took place, detailing how Diallo drove Hamraoui to and from a team meal in a club-provided Toyota Corolla, leaving another player after, Sakina Karchaoui, before it began. the attack on Chatou, Yvelines.
‘My attacker hit me with an iron bar several times. I saw that he was mainly targeting my legs and I was trying to protect myself with my hands, ” Hamraoui told police.
Kheira Hamraoui was attacked by masked men has revealed the timeline and grim details of her assault with an iron bar (in the photo on the right: the heavy bruises and cuts suffered on her leg)
Hamraoui’s teammate, Diallo (left), denies organizing the assault after being originally arrested by French police; she was released from custody.
Hamraoui was left needing stitches on his hands and legs after the attack, and he missed a Champions League match last week.
‘At that time, I didn’t see a weapon. They immediately start yelling, “Open the door! Open the door!” The one on my side grabbed me and pulled me out of the vehicle.
Before, he would grab a rectangular iron bar that he kept hidden in his pants or under his sweater.
He gave me a first blow from the first moments of the assault to force me out of the cockpit. I fell on the road and then on the right side of the road.
‘My attacker hit me with an iron bar several times. I saw that he was mainly targeting my legs and I was trying to protect myself with my hands.
The scene lasted several minutes, it seemed long to me. Aminata told me it was faster. I believe that the two individuals fled because the cars were entering the street.
They started running in the direction of traffic. We quickly lost sight of them. I think a car should be waiting nearby.
Hamraoui also refers to hearing the term ‘you like sleeping with married men’ during the assault, a detail confirmed by Diallo, who was being ‘detained’ by the second stranger throughout the attack.
After being seriously injured, she was taken to the hospital and told not to work for three weeks, but she has reportedly resumed individual training; however, she is being assisted by a psychologist and benefits from the “ close protection established by the club ”.
In greater detail, it is reported that former France and Barcelona defender Eric Abidal will be questioned by the police investigating the attack.
Le Monde They claim that the attack could have had something to do with alleged relations between Hamraoui and Abidal.
Eric Abidal, pictured with his wife Hayet, will be interviewed by police investigating the attack on Paris Saint-Germain female star Kheira Hamraoui.
Abidal was married to his Hayet since 2003 and they have five children together.
Le Monde He adds that the day after the attack, Hamraoui called Abidal and that investigators have since established that his phone is registered to Abidal.
Abidal, 42, has been married to his wife, Hayet Abidal, since 2003 and they have five children together. Le Monde They say that she may be asked as a witness. Abidal’s lawyer was contacted and said: ‘I have spoken with him, but for now I will not tell you anything at all.’
Diallo, for his part, issued a statement this week on the allegations: “Aminata Diallo deplores the perfectly artificial dramatization of a rivalry between her and Kheira Hamraoui that would justify her taking it out on her teammate.
This theory does not correspond in any way to the true nature of their relationship.
Investigators are now looking at other, much more serious leads, which do not implicate my client in any way.
“Aminata Diallo regrets the media uproar that has already condemned her, without foundation, and would like to emphasize that she will not hesitate to defend her rights through legal action, if necessary, against all defamation.”
Diallo (far left) started in place of the injured Hamraoui (second from right) in midfield against Real Madrid on Tuesday night, a game the team won 4-0.
Hamraoui was unable to participate in PSG’s Champions League match with Real Madrid last Tuesday, and the club said at the time that it was left out of the match for “ personal reasons. ” Diallo started the match in his place.
Hamraoui has spent most of his career playing in the French Division 1 Féminine. He played for Hénin-Beaumont and Saint-Étienne before spending four seasons at PSG between 2012 and 2016.
He then signed for Lyon, where he won the Champions League twice and the Coupe de France Féminine twice, and Lyon finished at the top of Division 1 twice.
Hamraoui then went to Barcelona, where he helped his team reach their first Champions League final, but missed the game due to a red card penalty, which Barcelona lost to Lyon 4-1.
During his second season in Barcelona, he helped the team achieve a historic treble for the First Division title, the Champions League and the Queen’s Cup.
Hamraoui returned to PSG in July this year and said: “I have achieved all my goals with Barcelona.”
Meanwhile, Diallo sang for PSG in 2016, the same year Hamraoui left, and has played for them for two seasons.
Diallo was driving Hamraoui home after a team meal when his car was stopped by two masked men who beat their teammate but left her unharmed.
He spent most of the 2020 season on loan to the Utah Royals in the United States, and part of the 2021 season on loan with Atlético de Madrid Femenino.
The two started together for the October 10 game against Guingamp and the October 31 game against Dijon, but in the Women’s Champions League, Hamraoui started the first two games with Diallo on the bench, but the 31-year-old remained lost the third game last time. week due to injuries sustained.
Hamraoui was recalled to the France team after a two-year absence from their 2023 World Cup qualifying matches last month, but had to withdraw due to a calf injury, and Diallo was called up in her place. .
However, Diallo did not participate in any of France’s matches against Estonia or Kazakhstan.