Former France and Barcelona defender Eric Abidal is reportedly set to be questioned by police investigating the attack on Paris Saint-Germain women star Kheira Hamraoui.
The 31-year-old Hamraoui was attacked on November 4. She was being driven home by PSG team-mate Aminata Diallo, 26, when two masked men stopped the car and beat her so badly with iron bars that she required stitches.
According to Le Monde on Monday, the attackers shouted 'you like to sleep with married men' during the incident.
Diallo was arrested last week on suspicion of hiring the men to attack Hamraoui, a midfielder who was her direct rival for a place in the PSG team. But now reports in France have emerged regarding Abidal's alleged involvement.
Le Monde claim the attack might have had something to do with alleged relations between Hamraoui and Abidal.
Le Monde adds that the day after the attack Hamraoui called Abidal up and that investigators have since established that her phone is registered in Abidal's name.
The 42-year-old Abidal has been married to his wife, Hayet Abidal, since 2003 and they have five children together. Le Monde say it is possible she could be called upon as a witness. Abidal's lawyer was contacted and said: 'I have spoken with him, but for now I won’t tell you anything at all.'
Abidal played 67 times for France as a player and was a runner-up for his country in the 2006 World Cup. At Barcelona, he won four LaLiga titles and two Champions Leagues between 2007 and 2013.
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