French prosecutors have launched a preliminary investigation into an accusation of rape against Paris Saint-Germain and Morocco defender Achraf Hakimi. A judicial official confirmed on Monday that the investigation is being led by the prosecutor’s office in the Paris suburb of Nanterre. The official declined to provide further details about the allegation or comment on the media reports circulating about what allegedly happened.
The Spain-born Hakimi is a right-back and a star player of Morocco’s history-making team at the World Cup. He appeared on stage at the FIFA Awards in Paris on Monday evening and was honoured as part of the player-voted men’s World XI. The audience gave him a brief round of applause when he was introduced.
PSG officials have not commented on the investigation, and Hakimi has not made a public statement about the accusation. The player did not participate in PSG’s victory over Marseille on Sunday due to thigh problems.
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The news of the investigation has sent shockwaves through the football world, with fans and commentators alike expressing their concern and support for all parties involved. It is important to note that Hakimi has not been charged with any crime and is innocent until proven guilty.