Former Paris Saint-Germain player Aminata Diallo was arrested and charged with aggravated assault Friday in connection with an investigation into an attack against one of her teammates last year.
Police took Diallo into custody near Paris, marking the second time she has been detained as a part of the investigation. She was first apprehended and questioned in November 2021 following an alleged attack on then-teammate Kheira Hamraoui.
Reports indicated that Hamraoui and Diallo were stopped by two masked men while driving home from a team dinner. One man restrained Diallo while the other attacked Hamroui, leaving her with bruises and cuts but no broken bones.
Diallo has been charged in what the prosecutor described as a planned and premeditated attack on Hamraoui.
Three men admitted to being on the seen, and a fourth admitted to hitting Hamraoui. All four implicated Diallo as the orchestrator of the attack, the New York Times reported.
Diallo has maintained her innocence throughout the investigation, with her lawyers commenting last year on the media spectacle the case attracted, saying,“The public has already condemned her, without justification.”
Since the incident, Diallo has retired from professional soccer, leaving the sport after her PSG contract expired this summer. Hamraoui is under contract with PSG but is in a dispute with the club after not being selected to play for the team.