PSG player Hamraoui opens up on horrific attack

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FILE – France midfielder Kheira Hamraoui (23) in action during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup women’s soccer match on Sunday March 6, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. Paris Saint-Germain player Kheira Hamraoui has posted photos of her injuries following the brutal attack that left her in fear for her career, saying as of Saturday September 17, 2022, she is still haunted by them ‘night and day’ and that she suffered horrific online abuse afterwards. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

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Paris Saint-Germain player Kheira Hamraoui posted photos of her injuries following the brutal attack that left her in fear for her career, saying on Saturday she was still haunted by it “night and day” and that she suffered horrific online abuse afterwards.

Hamraoui was assaulted last November following a night out with her former PSG teammate Aminata Diallo and other teammates. Hamraoui was repeatedly hit with a metal bar and needed stitches in her hands and legs.

“I will never forget this night of November 4, 2021. It haunts me night and day. This dark night changed my personal and professional life, my life as a woman and as a footballer,” Hamraoui wrote on Twitter. “That sad night when I thought I was going to die when two hooded men forced me out of the car. They beat me with iron bars, mostly targeting my lower body.”

The 32-year-old midfielder, who played 39 times for France, posted photos of the injuries: a horrific gash on the back of her right thigh and deep bruises around her left thigh and knee.

“Their objective was simple that evening: to violently take my work tool by breaking my legs and ending my career,” Hamraoui continued, adding that terrible verbal attacks then began and left her in a perpetual state of anxiety.

“For many months after the assault, I was unfairly insulted on the (soccer) pitches, harassed on social media and threatened with death. Nevertheless, I clung with all my might to my passion (of football ) and stay professional,” she said. “Today, I trust justice so that the truth comes out and my honor is saved.”

Diallo has been charged with “aggravated violence” and taken into custody in connection with the attack, French justice officials said on Friday. It was the second time Diallo had been arrested in connection with an investigation into Hamraoui’s attack last year. Diallo was taken into custody in November and released without charge.

Diallo’s questioning by police came after four men were arrested this week in connection with the attack.

Diallo was arrested on Friday morning and accused by the quartet of having mounted the attack against her teammate in order to take her place in the PSG team, the Versailles prosecutor’s office said in a press release.

Diallo has been without a club since his contract with PSG expired at the end of last season.

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