Achraf Hakimi, a defender for Paris Saint-Germain, has been charged with rape, French authorities announced on Friday.
According to the prosecutor’s office in the Paris district of Nanterre, Hakimi was questioned by authorities looking into rape claims on Thursday. After that, he was charged by an investigative judge and put under court control.
The 24-year-old woman who claims she was raped by Hakimi on Saturday at his house in a suburb of Paris is barred from communicating with the Moroccan national team member. According to prosecutors, Hakimi is free to depart French territory.
Defender Hakimi, who was born in Spain, assisted Morocco in becoming the first African nation to go to the World Cup semifinals last year. On Friday, he was spotted working out with PSG.
On Monday, prosecutors will began their initial inquiry.
PSG representatives are silent, and Hakimi hasn’t responded to the charge in the media. No comments have been provided by the player’s attorney.
On Monday, Hakimi made an appearance on stage at the FIFA Awards in Paris. He was honored as a member of the player-selected men’s all-star squad and introduced to great applause.
According to the prosecution office, the Moroccan international has been detained by police and is not permitted to speak to the accused victim.
Although neither Hakimi nor PSG have spoken publicly on the probe, reports have it that the player vigorously refutes all charges brought against him.
Fanni Colin, the attorney for Hakimi, declared that he would completely assist with the investigation and work to clear his client’s name.
Recall Futballnews reported before Friday’s developments that Hakimi would be able to play in his club’s league encounter against Nantes on Saturday 4th March 2023.
The 24-year-old was chosen for the 2022 FIFPRO World XI and attended the FIFA Best awards ceremony in Paris on Monday.
Hakimi joined PSG in 2021 and was instrumental in the team’s league-winning campaign in 2018. Also, he was crucial in leading Morocco to the World Cup semifinals this year.
Achraf Hakimi Mouh, a Moroccan professional football player who competes for both Morocco’s national team and Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain, was born on November 4, 1998.
His primary position is right-back. He is recognized as one of the top right-backs in football, known for his pace, runs, and goal-scoring prowess.
Hakimi graduated from the youth academy of Real Madrid. In 2016, he joined Real Madrid Castilla, and in 2017, after spending a short time with the main squad, he was promoted.
Since he was a little child, Hakimi has looked up to Cristiano Ronaldo and considers him to be both his greatest inspiration and the reason he is the footballer he is today.
He was sent to a two-year loan to Borussia Dortmund of the Bundesliga, where he won the DFL-Supercup in 2019.
After a fruitful loan with Dortmund, Hakimi joined with Serie A team Inter Milan for a rumored sum of €40 million. His efforts there helped the club break its eleven-year title drought by winning the league.
Several European clubs expressed interest in him as a result of his achievements, and Paris Saint-Germain ultimately agreed to sign him in 2021 for a rumored sum of €60 million.