Three men have been arrested following an alleged violent attack on PSG and France midfielder Kheira Hamraoui in which her legs were specifically targeted and struck with an iron bar.
The alleged assault took place in November of last year and left the 31-year-old with bruises and cuts that needed stitches which forced her out of first-team training for over a month.
Hamraoui was allegedly dragged from a car which was driven by team-mate Aminata Diallo and beaten, with Diallo then detained for 35 hours by police before being released without charge.
Now, more than 300 days after the alleged attack, three men have been arrested and taken into custody by the judicial police of Versailles according to French media – although the motive remains unclear.
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According to The Times at the time of the attack, Eric Abidal was due to be questioned by police amid speculation that adultery could be at the centre of the case due to his alleged 'privileged relationship' with Hamraoui.
"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 had told police.
"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 grabbed a rectangular iron bar that he had 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 cabin. I fell on the road and then on the right side of the road."
Hamraoui returned for a second spell with PSG last year following time with Lyon and Barcelona where she won a combined four league titles and three Champions Leagues.
She continued: "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 think the two individuals fled because cars were coming into the street.
"They started running in the direction of the traffic. We quickly lost sight of them. I think a car should be waiting for them nearby."
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