In an interview with L’Equipe, PSG and France player Kheira Hamraoui returns for the first time to the evening of November 4, 2021, where she was violently attacked by two individuals. And on the consequences of this case, still not resolved.
Because such an outburst of violence, moreover on a professional player, is shocking, because one of her teammates was then heard by the police, and the case led in the following weeks to multiple twists, unpackings , and settling scores in the media or on social networks, “the Kheira Hamraoui affair”, or rather the affair of his aggression, has marked French football in recent months. But since this terrible evening of November 4, 2021, the person concerned had never yet taken the floor to discuss the facts. Until a long interview granted to L’Equipe and published this Tuesday evening, in which the player of PSG and the France team gives details, and empties her bag.
“I experienced an attack of incredible violence, she recalls at first. Two hooded strangers took me out of the car in which I was to beat me with iron bars in the legs That night, I really thought I was going to stay there… I was screaming in pain. I tried to protect myself as much as possible. This scene, for me, lasted five minutes. It was unbearable. . I keep a very painful memory, very heavy.”
“I need the truth to come out”
And a huge misunderstanding, according to her: “I led a peaceful life as a professional sportswoman before this attack, shared between my family, my friends and football, continues Hamraoui. Today, I mainly feel injustice, anger but also sadness. I should never have experienced such a situation. Many questions torment me: why me? Why so much violence towards my person? I need the truth to come out to calm me down.”
Claiming to have experienced “a real ambush” (“How could they have been so well informed?”), Hamraoui assures that the following days were also very violent for her. “It was double pain for me. Just out of a traumatic episode, I felt the weight of the media machine kick in, I was caught in a storm, non-stop, it didn’t stop. never stopped,” says the midfielder.
Hurt by the “smear campaign” having targeted her according to her words, Hamraoui now hopes that justice will be done. If she does not go into details about her teammate Aminata Diallo, heard by the investigators and released without any charges, she hopes to know the end of the story. “I have full confidence in justice, she said. I have been heard on several occasions. The investigation is evolving. I need this to materialize in order to move forward in my personal reconstruction. I am calm and patient. The truth will eventually come out.”