PSG women’s team boss has expressed disgust after his side lost their unbeaten record in a 6-1 thrashing – playing against their will after receiving psychiatric support following a shock attack on one of their stars.
PSG ended a week marred by huge scandal with the Sunday hammering of seven-time Champions League winners Lyon, often regarded as the best women’s team in the world.
Paris beat Real Madrid 4-0 in Europe last Tuesday, just two days later news of Aminata Diallo, who played in midfield in that victory, has been taken into police custody for his alleged involvement in a gruesome metal bar attack on her teammate Kheira. Hamraoui’s leg by masked men.
Diallo has since been released without charge and has denied any involvement in the alleged crime, which some media in France said was part of a potential positional rivalry with Hamraoui.
The Parisian players were obviously devastated by the heartbreaking saga, and manager Didier Olle-Nicolle lashed out at French football bosses in a post-match rant, revealing the club wanted the game called off.
“The team has been surrounded for a few days by a [psychiatric] body. If we asked for the match to be postponed, it was because they had a notice of [their professional standpoint]apart from PSG,” he said.
“The first goal came too easily, and… it was hard for the team to digest. We didn’t have the strength to come back.
“When you want to develop women’s football and give a good image [of it]there must be a show [and] actors. I ask myself many questions.
“When you play high-level sport, there is an ethic behind it, and when something like this happens… There are only 12 teams [in the division]so there are plenty of dates to play this [rescheduled] Game.
“It’s unbelievable that the authorities didn’t listen and didn’t see that there was a group in distress. Do you realize the noise that was made, [with] everything that happened?”
Diallo, 26, said in a statement through her lawyer that the conclusion of the investigation will reveal her “complete and utter innocence”rejecting the “totally artificial suggestion of a rivalry between her and Mrs. Kheira Hamraoui which would explain why she would target her teammate”.
“This theory does not at all reflect the reality of their relationship,” he added.
Hamraoui was reportedly dragged out of the car after a team meal at a restaurant before being attacked by her attackers, requiring stitches to her arms and legs in hospital.
PSG are due to play two games in four days this week, starting with a trip to Real Madrid in the Women’s Champions League on Thursday before a home game against Stade de Reims in the Women’s Division 1 on Sunday.
Canada international Ashley Lawrence was sent off after just 26 minutes of their maiming in Lyon.