Former PSG player Aminata Diallo arrested, charged with brutally assaulting teammate
French soccer player Aminata Diallo, formerly of Paris Saint-Germain, was arrested and charged with aggravated violence in connection with the November 2021 attack on her then-teammate Kheira Hamraoui.
Diallo, a midfielder, is being held in custody by order of the judge. She was arrested on Friday after four men who admitted involvement in the attack were arrested.
“All four claimed that Diallo was the instigator of the attack to enable her to obtain the victim’s place [in the PSG team] in future games,” Versailles prosecutors said in a statement.
Diallo was also arrested last year as part of the original investigation but was later released. She denied any connection to the crime. But according to ESPN, Diallo’s phone was tapped as part of the investigation and police discovered they were planning another attack on Hamraoui. Diallo’s contract with PSG ended last year and has not been renewed.
The attack of 2021
On November 4, 2021, Diallo Hamraoui was driving home from a team dinner when the car was stopped by two masked men with an iron bar. One man held Diallo in the driver’s seat while the other dragged Hamraoui out of the car and hit her legs and arms with the metal bar.
Hamraoui was taken to the hospital for treatment, which required stitches on her arms and legs. That kept her out of action for a while, but she returned to gaming earlier this year.
Hamraoui talks attack for the first time
While Hamraoui has recovered physically from the attack, it continues to affect her sanity. She first spoke about the attack and the ensuing social media harassment on Saturday. tweet a letter along with photos of their injuries.
“I will never forget that night of November 4th, 2021. She haunts me day and night. That dark night changed my personal life, professional life, life as a woman and life as a soccer player,” Hamraoui wrote in a translation of the Associated Press. “That sad night when I thought I was going to die when two hooded men forced me out of the car. They hit me with iron bars, basically targeting my lower body.”
“For months after the attack, I was unfairly insulted on the (soccer) field, harassed on social networks and threatened with my life. Nevertheless, I stuck to my passion (football) with all my might and stayed professional,” she said. “Today I trust in the justice system that everyone will bring the truth to light and my honor will be saved.”