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PSG player released from custody after teammate attacked

Paris St Germain women’s midfielder Aminata Diallo has been released from police custody following an attack on one of the club’s players and is maintaining her innocence.

PSG said on Wednesday Diallo had been taken into custody by the Versailles Regional Police Service as part of the proceedings following the alleged assault.

L’Equipe newspaper reported that Diallo, 26, had allegedly attempted to physically injure teammate Kheira Hamraoui by having two masked men drag her out of a car and assault her on November 4.

Local media said Hamraoui was taken to hospital with injuries to her hands and legs.

Hamraoui subsequently missed PSG’s 4-0 Champions League victory over Spanish club Real Madrid on Tuesday evening, a match that Diallo played in before being arrested the following day.

“Paris Saint-Germain notes the release of Aminata Diallo from police custody,” PSG said in a statement.

“The club continues to support its players to allow them to overcome this ordeal as soon as possible.

Aminata Diallo denied all accusations after being released from police custody.(Getty Images / PSG: Aurelien Meunier)

“Paris Saint-Germain reiterates its confidence in the justice system to shed full light on the events.

“The club would like to thank everyone for showing restraint and respecting the presumption of innocence as well as the privacy of the team.”

Diallo released a statement through her lawyer, denying the allegations.

“She formally denies the accusations,” Diallo’s lawyer, Mourad Battikh, said in a statement.

“Aminata Diallo deplores the perfectly artificial staging of a rivalry between her and Kheira Hamraoui that would justify her attack on her team mate. This theory does not correspond in any way to the true nature of their relationship.”

Diallo, capped seven times by France, joined PSG from fellow French club Guingamp in 2016. 

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