From dinner to rivalry: Diallo-Hamraoui, a look back at ten months of twists and turns


On November 4, 2021, the women’s section of PSG met in the Bois de Boulogne for a team dinner. To return home, Aminata Diallo (27 years old, 7 selections for the France team) takes the wheel of a car, where two teammates take place. On the way, she first drops off Sakina Karchaoui before finding herself alone in the vehicle with Kheira Hamraoui.

In a small street in Chatou, in the Yvelines, two hooded men appear and take Kheira Hamraoui out of the vehicle to beat her with an iron bar, especially on her legs. A “very traumatic experience“during which she has”raw dying“and who the”haunts nights and days“, she explained afterwards.

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Above all, the 32-year-old player, 39 caps, wonders: “They were in the right place at the right time. How could they be so well informed?


Quickly, suspicion fell on Aminata Diallo. According to Kheira Hamraoui, the route taken by her teammate to bring her home and the very slow speed at which she was driving at the time of her attack are suspicious. A scenario of sporting rivalry, nourished by the memory of the Harding-Kerrigan affair which had shaken the world of figure skating before the 1994 Winter Olympics, was quickly imagined.

Aminata Diallo was a natural replacement for Hamraoui in midfield, at Paris Saint-Germain and in the France team. Five days after the attack, it is thus she who is established in place of Hamraoui in the Parisian midfield in the Champions League. On November 10, 2021, Aminata Diallo was arrested by investigators from the Versailles judicial police. The next day, after forty hours in police custody, she came out free, with no charges brought against her.

It was then that the name of Éric Abidal appeared in this affair. The former France international had a relationship with Kheira Hamraoui and the trail of love rivalry is a time considered. The former FC Barcelona star and his wife Hayet Abibal are then heard by the investigators as witnesses, before this chapter is quickly closed. Hayet Abidal filed for divorce after these revelations.


While the media attention falls around Aminata Diallo, the investigators, who sounded her apartment, continue to monitor her. Last week, they arrested four young men suspected of having participated in the attack on November 4, 2021. In police custody, these men admitted the facts and all charged Aminata Diallo, whom they approved as the “sponsor“Aggression.

These suspects were in contact with an intermediary, not yet identified. On September 16, the police again arrest Aminata Diallo. Armed with more solid evidence against her, they represent the suspect’s police custody, legally limited to 48 hours, where she stopped ten months earlier. In front of the investigators, the player without a club continues to deny the accusations before wallowing in silence.

In the process, she is indicted for “aggravated violence” and “criminal association” and placed in pre-trial detention. Among the clues on which justice relies to motivate these lawsuits, Google searches such as “breaking the kneecap” or “cocktail of dangerous drugs” carried out by the respondent before the attack.

We can make plot farms say what we want“, retorts his defense, which denounces “a very dependent use of his telephone“. On September 21, after five days of pre-trial detention, Aminata Diallo leaves prison. Before the judge of freedoms and detention, she arrives handcuffed, dressed in black jogging, a down jacket and black sneakers, the closed face and haggard eyes, according to an AFP journalist present at the start of the hearing.

Now under judicial supervision, the player notably had to pay a deposit of 30,000 euros. The Versailles prosecutor’s office appealed against this release.

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