Former Barcelona and France defender Eric Abidal will be the next person to be questioned in connection with the attack on PSG’s female midfielder Kheira Hamraoui earlier this month.
Hamraoui, who is in his second season with PSG after returning to the club from Barcelona this summer, was treated in hospital for injuries to her hands and legs after it was alleged that two masked men dragged her from a car and attacked her with a iron. bar.
The car was driven by teammate Aminata Diallo after a team trip in Paris. Diallo was first arrested and questioned on suspicion of involvement in the attack but was released without charge 36 hours later.
Now the French newspaper Le Monde has revealed that the investigators want to talk to Abidal in the case. It is said that Hamraoui’s phone was registered in the name of the retired left-back, which apparently “confirms the privileged links” between them, the report claims.
The authorities have also not ruled out talking to Abidal’s wife, Hayet, at this stage.
It has been alleged in this increasingly bizarre tale that the attackers said during the beating: “So, so we lie with married men?”. It is also alleged that Hamraoui called Abidal the day after the attack, which took place on November 4.
Abidal was Barcelona’s sports director from 2018 to 2020, which also happened to coincide with Hamraoui’s time at the club as part of the women’s squad.
Kheira Hamraoui was treated in hospital for injuries to her legs and hands after being attacked with an iron bar / Tim Nwachukwu / GettyImages
Le Monde contacted Abidal’s lawyer about the development, who confirmed that they had spoken to the 2011 Champions League winners but refused to make a statement at this time.
Hamraoui is a three-time Champions League winner in her career, having also spent time in Lyon before coming to Barcelona in 2018. She has been a French national team player since 2012 and represented her country at the 2015 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.
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