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A brutal attack and the arrest of a teammate rock the PSG women's team

Investigation continues into opaque details of the attack that may not be what they originally appeared (Author: Gardener)

PSGIt was already dark when Aminata Diallo stepped through the concrete arch of the Hôtel de Police and onto the sidewalk outside. Diallo, a Paris St-Germain midfielder, was now released, scrolling through the hundreds of messages she had missed. Known just a few days earlier beyond the isolated world of French women's football, her name suddenly hit headlines all over the world. Diallo, the news reported, was the player who drove the car last month when one of her teammates was pulled from the passenger seat by a masked man and attacked. Diallo, the reports say, was the one who was unharmed when her friend and teammate Kheira Hamraoui was hit with an iron bar. And Diallo was the player who was now questioned not as a witness but as a possible suspect for an attack proposed by the police. The tale, with its hints of sporting jealousy, echoes of Tonya Harding and connections with Paris St-Germain, the reigning French champions and one of the richest clubs in the world, quickly spread far and wide. But when details come to light - about marital infidelity; of allegations involving other members of the team; over reports of threatening phone calls made to players vilifying the victim before they were attacked - this original story has been turned upside down. It has been more than three weeks since Diallo, 26, left the Versailles police station and was released after two days of interviews and one night in a tiny, foul-smelling cell. The investigation continues, but the police seem no closer to finding out what or who was behind the November 4th attack on a dark street in the Paris suburb of Chatou. Diallo was questioned and released. However, in coverage of the turbulent weeks since the attack, the New York Times also learned that Hamraoui may at times have involved other people with club ties, including at least two other teammates, in their attack; that while PSG kept Diallo and Hamraoui apart from the team and from each other during training for weeks, a planning error resulted in an interaction where harsh words were exchanged; and that although the police released Diallo without charge, they refused to clear them and kept their two cell phones and laptop. Diallo and Hamraoui were smeared with their names and their careers interrupted. The harmony of the changing rooms at PSG was destroyed and the trophy ambitions of one of the best teams in Europe hampered. And the marriage of a French soccer hero who was drawn into the case failed; His wife released a statement saying she was going to get a divorce after he admitted to her that he was having an extramarital affair with Hamraoui. The New York Times gathered information about the attack and its aftermath by interviewing nearly a dozen people who had direct knowledge of those who were primarily responsible for the attack and the days that followed, including friends, relatives and employees of the players; the players' lawyers; PSG Insider; and the police. But the way forward seems as complicated as this: Hamraoui met with the police again last week, and Diallo will most likely face further questioning. The players are due to return to training with their teammates on Tuesday, but the case is now in the hands of an investigative judge, a process that could take at least 18 months. During this time, the authorities and players will continue to try to unravel the only minute on a dark street that changed their lives. For those present, dinner in an upscale restaurant on an island in one of the largest parks in Paris in the first week of November was nothing special. The players had been brought together by their club to break the bread, to maintain the cohesion that helped them start the season unbeaten and to steel them for the challenges to come. Diallo agreed to pick up Hamraoui and another player, Sakina Karchaoui, after the club asked players to carpool due to limited restaurant parking. The three players, who lived close together in the north-western suburbs of Paris, had grown closely together since they entered the summer: Hamraoui from Barcelona, ​​Karchaoui from Lyon and Diallo from a brief loan from Atlético Madrid. But Diallo and Hamraoui, team-mates from a previous assignment at PSG and camps with the French national team, were particularly friendly; they even went on vacation together. After dinner, around 10:30 p.m., the three women returned to Diallo's car, a Club-issued Toyota Corolla, for the drive home. Hamraoui jumped into the passenger seat, Diallo put Karchaoui's address into a navigation app and off we went. After dropping off in Karchaoui and the parked cars narrowing the lane, Diallo still hesitantly stopped when two men with masked faces emerged from behind a van. They hit the hood of the car, asked it to stop, and yelled at Diallo and Hamraoui to "open the door." "The man by my side grabbed me and pulled me out of the vehicle," Hamraoui later told the police, according to statements made by the French media. Hamraoui said she fell on the street. "My attacker hit me with an iron bar several times," she said. Hamraoui said she remembered hearing one of the men shout something about a married man. Diallo later told the police that they had heard a whole sentence: "So do you touch married men?" Diallo also told police that in addition to Hamraoui's excruciating screams, she heard sexually charged slurs as the attacker's beatings rained down. The attack lasted less than a minute before the attackers fled. Hamraoui, with blood oozing from a wound on her hand, slumped back into the car. She and Diallo immediately called Karchaoui, whose house was less than 100 meters behind them, to tell her what had happened and to ask her to come over to their car. When Diallo drove, the players alerted their team. After treating Hamraoui's wounds but not identifying the attackers, club officials told the women that under no circumstances should they return to their homes. Instead, the team arranged for her to stay at a Holiday Inn near the team's training base, about 10 miles west of central Paris. The hotel was known to all three women; they had stayed there for weeks after moving to PSG last summer. Karchaoui and Hamraoui shared a room. Hamraoui insisted from the start that someone from the club was involved, according to those familiar with the conversations. The players also discussed a strange episode from a few weeks earlier when some of their teammates received anonymous calls from a man who spoke badly of Hamraoui. But while they talked all night, Hamraoui popped up on other potential suspects as well, at one point giving the name of the husband of a fourth PSG teammate who is acting as an agent for another French star on the team. While they were talking, Hamraoui received a phone call. It was Eric Abidal, a former French international she had met in Barcelona, ​​where she played as the club's technical director for three seasons. Hamraoui asked Abidal if his wife might want to hurt her before telling him that she had been attacked. When the phone went on speaker, people in the room could hear his answer: he sounded stunned. Karchaoui and Diallo soon went out together to have breakfast at the club's training center in Bougival, where they practiced before meeting members of the club's management to share the details of the attack. (Hamraoui did not go with her; she was brought in for further treatment for her injuries.) Later, the players and several teammates who received the anonymous calls went to the police to provide further evidence. The club, feeling uncomfortable about an attack on one of its players, hired members of its security staff to guard the homes of Diallo, Hamraoui and Karchaoui in the days that followed, but news of the attack stayed at the club. French international striker Kadidiatou Diani, angry that Hamraoui had mentioned her husband as a possible suspect - he was neither involved nor questioned by police - confronted her teammate while Hamraoui was training on a bike. On November 9, less than a week after the attack, Diallo started in Hamraoui's place in a Champions League game against Real Madrid. Aside from Hamraoui's absence, which the club declared as "personal reasons", nothing seemed amiss. PSG took another win. That night Diallo stayed up late, like after most games, the adrenaline of the game kept her up until about 3 a.m. According to people close to her, she had barely slept when she was awakened a few hours later by a knock on her front door. Politely but firmly, an officer informed Diallo that she should accompany them to the police station. Other officers ransacked her home and collected items, including at least two cell phones and a laptop. At the police station, Diallo turned down an offer to have a lawyer for the interrogation. From the moment the police started asking her questions, Diallo realized that Hamraoui had named her as a suspect. The police suggested that Diallo have taken a different route home after dinner than they had first suggested. They asked her why she was driving so slowly after driving away from Karchaoui's house. And then they presented her with the theory, later published by a French newspaper while she was still in custody, that the attack may have been motivated by her desire to take Hamraoui's midfield position in the first team. In repeated rounds of interrogation with Diallo, the police focused on the same set of questions, mainly focusing on the car journey and their actions during the attack. The man, known as Ja Ja, was known to several soccer players, Diallo told police, including Hamraoui. He was also interrogated about the attack, the police later confirmed. And after initially keeping it to herself, Diallo revealed to her questioners that she had heard that one of the attackers accused Hamraoui of sleeping with a married man. (At the end of their fifth interview, the police learned that the chip was registered in Hamraoui's cell phone in Abidal's name; Hamraoui had only told them he was in contact with an ex-boyfriend.) By then, Diallo told friends she had noticed one Softening in questioning the police. Nonetheless, they said she had to spend the night in her cell because the next day she would have to participate in a "confrontation" with Hamraoui - a feature in French criminal investigation where suspects and witnesses are presented versions of events at the same time and allowed to respond. To make her stay more comfortable, the police allowed Diallo, a Muslim woman, to order her own dinner through a food delivery app. It was late afternoon the next day when Diallo finally faced Hamraoui. She later told friends and relatives that she found it "bizarre" to hear the allegations against her: Hamraoui had heard from other teammates that Diallo was behind the attack. Diallo denied the charges. When it was over, Diallo was allowed to go. A friend picked her up at the entrance to the police station. By the time she was driven home, the extent of her unwanted celebrity quickly became apparent in the hundreds of text messages she had received from friends and family and others. The next day, PSG managing director Ulrich Ramé, accompanied by a doctor, met at Diallo's home. Diallo insisted that she was ready to go back to training, that she just wanted to play again. The team quickly made it clear that this would not be possible at first. With a break in PSG's schedule, Diallo eventually traveled to Grenoble to visit her family, parts of whom had learned of the attack and her arrest through media reports. A cousin, Abou Dieng, told the New York Times that Diallo only wanted to return to the field for PSG, representing the team she had always dreamed of. "We don't even talk about Hamraoui," he said. After his return to Paris, Diallo trained alone. So did Hamraoui, with the club scheduling their training sessions at different times and trying to make sure they were never at the training facility at the same time (not always successful). Their purgatory began to end on Monday when they trained together for the first time since the attack after the French players' union intervened. They were due to return to their teammates on Tuesday, but a club official said they were both being withheld from traveling to Ukraine during the week for a Champions League game. Neither Diallo nor Hamraoui made any public statements about the attack or its aftermath. But a few days after Diallo's release from prison, Battikh appeared on French television and described the arrest of his client as "defamatory, scandalous and incoherent". A few hours later, Hamraoui's lawyer Said Harir was walking over the airwaves with pictures that showed his client's injuries in vivid detail. PSG, who refused to comment on this article, said little about the twisted storylines in what now appears to involve the demise of Abidal's marriage. A lawyer representing his wife, Hayet, said she filed for divorce and released a statement on Nov. 18, in which Hayet Abidal alleged her husband admitted to having an extramarital affair with Hamraoui. Eric Abidal later took to Instagram to seek forgiveness from his wife. Hayet Abidal has denied any involvement in the attack. But Maryvonne Caillebotte, the first prosecutor on the case, told Le Monde last month that Abidal "would be heard soon" and didn't rule out the possibility that his wife would also be questioned. Battikh, Diallo's lawyer, remains angry at the way Diallo was treated by the police. "If it's Aminata, show your muscles and put her in custody," Battikh said. The PSG women's team remains shaken by the crisis. The first game after the news broke was a 6-1 win over their main title rivals Lyon, which dashed their hopes of winning the French championship. Since then, some of Hamraoui's teammates have asked to clear their lockers in the dressing room. Others have told the club management that it will be difficult for them to play with them again. Some of the club's best players just want to keep going. A deliberate attack like the one on Hamraoui threatens, according to a police spokeswoman in Versailles, with a five-year prison sentence. Diallo wants justice, said her lawyer. "Her reputation has been damaged by newspapers around the world," said Battikh, her lawyer. Hamraoui also wants justice and continues to believe that the truth will be found in their football club. She said so in her last interview with the police on November 29; According to a person familiar with her appearance, the investigators asked her again about Diallo's behavior on the way home and on her way. In his office in an upscale neighborhood near the Champs-Élysées, Hamraoui's attorney Harir said the focus must remain on figuring out who was behind the attack. "We expect they will quickly indict the guilty," he said. "What she wants today," he added of Hamraoui, "is that her private life be respected, that her status as a victim be respected." - This article first appeared in the New York Times

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PSG striker Mbappe breaks team-mate Messi's goal record

It was his 30th goal in the Champions League and less than two weeks after his 23rd birthday, the Frenchman is the youngest player to beat the Argentine. (Author: Gardener)

MbappeKylian Mbappe scored two goals in PSG's 4-1 win over Club Brugge, breaking a record his team-mate Lionel Messi has held for over 10 years. Mauricio Pochettino's side won the Parc des Princes - both Mbappe and Messi scored twice - and Mbappe broke a Champions League record with his first appearance of the night. It was his 30th goal in the Champions League and less than two weeks after his 23rd birthday, the Frenchman is the youngest player to achieve this record. He beat the 23-year-old and 131-day-old Argentine when he scored 30 goals for Barcelona in 2010. Mbappe scored his first Champions League goals for Monaco, scoring six goals during their memorable run to the semi-finals in the 2016/17 season. Last season he scored eight goals in 10 Champions League games and after the group stage this season he added four more goals to his impressive record. He now has 31 Champions League goals while PSG face the round of 16 in 2022. After losing to Manchester City two weeks ago, they finished second in their group, so they can expect a tricky round of 16 game in the new year. Mbappe came closest to the Champions League in 2020 when they lost to Bayern Munich in the final in Lisbon.

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Champions League result, match stream & latest updates today

PSG 4-1 Club Bruges LIVE! - Messi & Mbappe Braces - Champions League Result, Game Stream & Latest Updates Today - (Author: Gardener)

Champions LeagueLionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe both scored two goals as Paris Saint-Germain finished the Champions League group stage with force. While Bruges managed to keep PSG in check on Matchday 1, they could barely stop Mbappe from scoring the goal within two minutes. Visiting goalkeeper Simon Mignolet awkwardly knocked Nuno Mendes's cross into the path of Mbappe, who shot in after two minutes and the striker was back on the ball five minutes later when he volleyed the Belgian after a pass from Angel Di Maria . Mbappe is the youngest player to score 30 goals in the Champions League less than two weeks before his 23rd birthday.

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Kylian Mbappe explains why Lionel Messi scored a penalty to deny his PSG hat trick

Mbappe played for a triple but instead let Messi score the penalty. (Author: Gardener)

Kylian MbappeKylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi both scored two hat-trick goals in the Champions League in PSG's 4-1 win over Club Brugge (Getty). Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi during the UEFA Champions League group A match between Paris Saint-Germain and Club Brugge Mbappe scored twice in the 4-1 win over Club Brugge but when PSG were awarded a 14-minute penalty Minutes from time to time, Messi stepped up to convert it instead of allowing the 22-year-old to complete his triple. Paris Saint-Germain's Lionel Messi shoots a penalty and scores in the UEFA Champions League group A match between Paris Saint-Germain and Club Brugge Messi also scored a double in defeating Club Brugge, scoring six goals in 14 games since he made the move to PSG. "We will need Lionel Messi," said Mbappe. ‘He remains Lionel Messi. We'll need him during the season and he's sure to help us when the important games come. “He has to arrive with confidence for these games. Lionel Messi shot PSG's penalty despite Kylian Mbappe's hat trick (Getty). Mbappe also downplayed the importance of his third Champions League hat trick in his career so far. "I'm trying to help the team," Mbappe told RMC Sport. I try to help the team and my teammates give it back to me so I can perform well. ”Paris Saint-Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino also revealed that he allows players to choose who during the game taking a penalty. "I'm happy that Leo and Kylian scored two goals. They are attacking players who need to know the way to the net," said Pochettino. It is up to them to identify in the moment who needs it most, who is most confident. “You can say Leo, Kylian, Ney [Neymar], Angel [Di Maria], Marquinhos, Verratti. They can all take a punishment, but right now it's a matter of trust and responsibility. But all of these things take time. The seeds are planted, the buds grow and in time a plant, a tree and beautiful flowers will emerge. "

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Club Brugge Sandra dwarfs Ngonge's Champions League record against PSG

Cisse Sandra is the youngest player to play a Champions League game for Club Brugge. (Author: Gardener)

Champions LeagueCisse Sandra is the youngest player to play a Champions League game for Club Brugge, surpassing DR Congo contender Ngonge. The Belgian youth international got a place in the starting XI when Blue Black faced French side Paris Saint-Germain in Tuesday's crunch showdown. At the age of 17 years and 356 days, he enrolled as the youngest starter in the club's history. 21-year-old Ngonge achieved his feat at the age of 18 years and 199 days. He earned a starting shot when Club Brugge settled for a 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid on December 11, 2018. Only the Belgian youth star of Congolese origin Noah Mbamba-Muanda competed for the club at a younger age (16 years 287 days). a sub) - for Colombia's Eder Balanta in their 5-1 defeat by Manchester City on October 19, 2021. The guests scored the only goal through Mats Rits in the 68th minute. After the defeat in France, the 17-time Belgian first division club was eliminated from the 2021-22 competition after scoring just four points from six games in Group A. Coach Clement hoped his players would learn the right lessons from their failed expedition. “This season can't be compared to the group we had last year. We played against two of the four best teams in the world and Leipzig was one of the better sub-toppers, "he said," Get better and we can all do that. " If you conceded two goals after seven minutes, many teams hung their heads. But after that we got up and started playing better football. In the second half we were better off with the ball, we created chances and also scored a goal. "

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Club Brugge Sandra dwarfs Ngonge's Champions League record against PSG

Cisse Sandra is the youngest player to play a Champions League game for Club Brugge. (Author: Gardener)

Champions LeagueCisse Sandra is the youngest player to play a Champions League game for Club Brugge, surpassing DR Congo contender Ngonge. The Belgian youth international got a place in the starting XI when Blue Black faced French side Paris Saint-Germain in Tuesday's crunch showdown. At the age of 17 years and 356 days, he enrolled as the youngest starter in the club's history. 21-year-old Ngonge achieved his feat at the age of 18 years and 199 days. He earned a starting shot when Club Brugge settled for a 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid on December 11, 2018. Only the Belgian youth star of Congolese origin Noah Mbamba-Muanda competed for the club at a younger age (16 years 287 days). a sub) - for Colombia's Eder Balanta in their 5-1 defeat by Manchester City on October 19, 2021. The guests scored the only goal through Mats Rits in the 68th minute. After the defeat in France, the 17-time Belgian first division club was eliminated from the 2021-22 competition after scoring just four points from six games in Group A. Coach Clement hoped his players would learn the right lessons from their failed expedition. “This season can't be compared to the group we had last year. We played against two of the four best teams in the world and Leipzig was one of the better sub-toppers, "he said," Get better and we can all do that. " If you conceded two goals after seven minutes, many teams hung their heads. But after that we got up and started playing better football. In the second half we were better off with the ball, we created chances and also scored a goal. "

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PSG versus Club Bruges: Champions League

Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe both scored two goals as Paris Saint-Germain finished the Champions League group stage with force. (Author: Gardener)

Champions LeagueIonel Messi and Kylian Mbappe both scored two goals as Paris Saint-Germain finished the Champions League group stage with vigor. While Bruges managed to keep PSG in check on Matchday 1, they could barely stop Mbappe from scoring the goal within two minutes. Visiting goalkeeper Simon Mignolet awkwardly knocked Nuno Mendes's cross into the path of Mbappe, who shot in after two minutes and the striker was back on the ball five minutes later when he volleyed the Belgian after a pass from Angel Di Maria . Mbappe is the youngest player to score 30 goals in the Champions League less than two weeks before his 23rd birthday.

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PSG striker Mbappe breaks team-mate Messi's goal record

It was his 30th goal in the Champions League and less than two weeks after his 23rd birthday, the Frenchman is the youngest player to beat the Argentine. (Author: Gardener)

MbappeKylian Mbappe scored two goals in PSG's 4-1 win over Club Brugge, breaking a record his team-mate Lionel Messi has held for over 10 years. Mauricio Pochettino's side won the Parc des Princes - both Mbappe and Messi scored twice - and Mbappe broke a Champions League record with his first appearance of the night. It was his 30th goal in the Champions League and less than two weeks after his 23rd birthday, the Frenchman is the youngest player to achieve this record. He beat the 23-year-old and 131-day-old Argentine when he scored 30 goals for Barcelona in 2010. Mbappe scored his first Champions League goals for Monaco, scoring six goals during their memorable run to the semi-finals in the 2016/17 season. Last season he scored eight goals in 10 Champions League games and after the group stage this season he added four more goals to his impressive record. He now has 31 Champions League goals while PSG face the round of 16 in 2022. After losing to Manchester City two weeks ago, they finished second in their group, so they can expect a tricky round of 16 game in the new year. Mbappe came closest to the Champions League in 2020 when they lost to Bayern Munich in the final in Lisbon.

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Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe both hit two braces in the Champions League win

Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe both scored braces as Paris Saint-Germain rounded off the disappointing Champions League until matchday six. While the quality of Club Brugge's squad needs to be taken into account, those squad were the same side that kept PSG in check in the first round of games but could do little to get Mbappe to score within two minutes. (Author: Gardener)

Lionel MessiLionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe both scored braces as Paris Saint-Germain rounded off the disappointing Champions League until matchday six. While the quality of Club Brugge's squad needs to be taken into account, those squad were the same side that kept PSG in check in the first round of games but could do little to get Mbappe to score within two minutes. The striker, who bonded exceptionally well with Messi and Angel Di Maria, added a second five minutes later with an emphatic finish before becoming the supplier. Bruges started well into the second half, creating more than a few chances before Mats Rits pulled one back, only Messi both won and scored a goal after a penalty to end the game. When does the Champions League round of 16 draw take place? Lionel Messi says Robert Lewandowski should be awarded the canceled 2020 Ballon d'Or after winning the seventh prize

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Matchday LIVE: Man City, Liverpool, PSG and Real Madrid in action for the final round of the Champions League group stage

The places in the knockout phase will be decided, as several large clubs will be the focus on Tuesday (Author: Gardener)

Man CityJürgen Klopp to BT Sport: “Very proud. It was an amazing game, so happy with so much that I saw tonight. The performance was absolutely outstanding. ”What the boys achieved tonight couldn't be more proud. It was an amazing game. I'm so happy. The performance was outstanding. With 21 shots, so many situations in which we played excellently and defended passionately and well organized. "Game situation, right? No, he played an outstanding game.

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