A Paris Saint-Germain female soccer player Aminata Diallo was released from police custody without charge on Thursday, the day she was arrested in an investigation into a violent attack on a partner by masked men who handled a metal bar.
The player, Aminata Diallo, was given her custody by a French prosecutor extended by 24 hours on Wednesday evening and further questioned on Thursday about the incident in which her teammate Kheira Hamraoui was pulled out of a car and was beaten on their way home from a team dinner last week as per football news.
Diallo has been in police custody for nearly 36 hours. The Versailles prosecutor’s office confirmed that an acquaintance of Diallo, a man from Lyon who was in prison on unrelated charges, was heard and then released. Prosecutors did not provide any further comment or details on the investigation or why Diallo or the person was taken into custody.
In France, detention in police investigations is common. But in most cases, prosecutors must prosecute suspects or release them within 48 hours. Diallo was not charged with murder, and police did not comment on the attack. But the investigation will continue, and Diallo could be charged at a later date if the evidence implicates her in the murder.
Diallo was arrested by police officers, who arrived at her home at around 6 a.m. Wednesday and searched her apartment and a car provided by a team she was attacked last week. Police also seized Diallo’s mobile phone and later questioned 34-year-old from Lyon, who was in prison on unrelated charges. The man described as an acquaintance of Diallo was also released without charge on Thursday, Versailles prosecutor confirmed.
The news of Diallo’s arrest came as a surprise to Paris Saint-Germain, an elite team that is the defending champions of France and one of the richest and most powerful clubs in world football. Team officials learned of Diallo’s detention on Wednesday morning – and the suggestion that she may have played a role in the attack on Hamraoui – from press reports and only after she was in custody.