Former Barcelona and France star Eric Abidal could be questioned by the magistrate investigating the beating of Paris Saint-Germain female star Kheira Hamraoui, AFP learned on Monday.
Police forwarded the investigation to prosecutors in Versailles, near Paris, on Monday.
Seeking new leads in the case after Hamraoui’s teammate Aminata Diallo was released without charge, it was established that Hamraoui was using a phone SIM card registered in Abidal’s name on the night of the attack .
Hamraoui recently returned to PSG after three seasons at Barcelona, where Abidal was director of football from 2018-2020.
Abidal is a household name in France after his years as a Barcelona player and French international. He made a resounding comeback in his playing career after undergoing a liver transplant in 2012.
On Monday, prosecutors told AFP that Abidal “is just one lead among many,” but refused to rule out questioning Abidal’s wife Hayet.
The assault on Hamraoui took place while she was escorted home by Diallo on November 4.
Their car was stopped by masked men who dragged the players out of the vehicle and hit Hamraoui’s legs with a metal bar while restraining Diallo.
Hamraoui, 31, needed stitches and Diallo, who was not injured, played in his place in the next PSG game.
Diallo, 26, was then held for almost 35 hours before being released without charge, as investigators questioned whether the rivalry on the ground could explain the violence.
French media reported that Hamraoui raised concerns about Diallo when she lodged a police complaint about the attack, highlighting the unusual route taken by his teammate and the low speed of their vehicle. .
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