Former Paris Saint-Germain player Aminata Diallo has been charged with aggravated violence by French prosecutors in connection with an attack on one of her former teammates.
The judge has requested that Diallo remain in custody after she was arrested earlier on Friday.
It is the second time she has been arrested as part of an investigation into the attack last year on Kheira Hamraoui. Diallo was taken into custody in November and released without charges.
Diallo’s questioning by police came after four men were arrested earlier this week in connection with the attack.
The four men told police that Diallo was the person who gave the orders to attack her teammate, sources have told ESPN.
The men cited the rivalry between the two players and that Diallo wanted to play instead of Hamraoui as motivation for the attack. The two players play in the same position.
Diallo is said to have initially denied being involved when she was interviewed after her arrest before exercising her right to stay silent. She will now prepare her defence with her lawyer.
During the investigation, police are said to have taped Diallo’s phone and discovered that she was organising another attack against Hamraoui, who remains at PSG.
Hamraoui was attacked after an evening out with Diallo and other teammates. Hamraoui was hit several times with a metal bar and needed stitches on her hands and legs.
Diallo has been without a club since her contract with PSG expired at the end of last season.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.