the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Aminata Diallo has been linked to a Tonya Harding-esque attack on her teammate, Kheira Hamraoui, the New York Post reported.
Aminata Diallo of PSG warms up before the women’s Champions League soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Sankt Polten at the Jean Bouin stadium in Paris, France, on September 27, 2018. (AP / Michel Euler)
After a team meeting on November 4 that both players attended, two masked men dragged Hamraoui out of her car and hit her in the legs with an iron bar, the report said.
Hamraoui was hospitalized for injuries to his legs and hands, but the extent of the injuries was not disclosed. The authorities also failed to disclose what led them to Diallo as a suspect, although the motivation was to give Diallo more playing time.
“Paris Saint-Germain is taking note of Aminata Diallo’s custody this morning by the Versailles SRPJ as part of the proceedings launched following an attack on club players last Thursday night,” the team told the New York Post in a statement.
“Since Thursday evening, November 4th, the club has taken all necessary measures to ensure the health, well-being and safety of its players,” the statement said. “Paris Saint-Germain is working with the Versailles SRPJ to clear the facts. The club is closely monitoring the progress of the process and will review the follow-up. “
The attack has clues the attack on Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan in 1994. Kerrigan was attacked by on January 6, 1994 after training in Detroit, Michigan Shane Stant, who hit Kerrigan’s right leg with a baton. Shant was reportedly hired on her behalf by the ex-boyfriend of Kerrigan’s competitor Harding.
Kerrigan’s leg was injured and she was forced to retire the following evening from the national championship in which Harding competed and took home the gold medal. However, Kerrigan recovered quickly and competed in the 1994 Winter Olympics, where she took home a silver medal and Harding finished eighth.
Three men involved in the attack were in jail. However, Harding pleaded guilty only to the “conspiracy to prevent law enforcement” and received three years probation and a fine of $ 160,000. Harding was later stripped of her national championship title and banned from US figure skating for life.
The rivalry and attack have been the subject of a number of books and films, including “I, Tonya”.
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