Paris Saint-Germain defender Achraf Hakimi. File | Photo credit: Reuters
French prosecutors have opened a preliminary investigation into allegations of rape against Paris Saint-Germain defender Achraf Hakimi, a court official said on February 27.
The investigation is being conducted by the prosecutor’s office in the Paris suburb of Nanterre, the official said.
The official would not provide details about the allegation or comment on media reports about what allegedly happened. The official was not authorized to be named publicly to discuss the ongoing investigation.
PSG officials did not respond to requests for comment, and Hakimi has not publicly responded to the allegation.
Spanish-born Hakimi, a right-back and star of Morocco’s history-making team at the World Cup, appeared on stage at the FIFA Awards in Paris on Monday evening. He was awarded the honor as part of the Player Voted Men’s World XI. When the audience called out “Welcome to Achraf Hakimi”, he was greeted with a short and loud applause.
Hakimi did not play in PSG’s win over Marseille on Sunday due to a thigh problem.