According to a source familiar with the matter, French authorities have initiated a preliminary inquiry into an alleged rape committed by Achraf Hakimi, a Moroccan defender.
The incident reportedly took place at the footballer’s residence in Paris on February 25, and a 24-year-old woman has accused him of the crime.
The woman reported the incident to the police on Sunday, but she did not press charges. The prosecutor’s office in Nanterre, a western Parisian suburb, has confirmed that an investigation is underway but declined to comment further.
Hakimi, who was born in Spain, helped Morocco to reach the World Cup semi-finals in Qatar, becoming the first African team to do so.
His outstanding performances earned him a place in the FIFPro men’s world team of the year, which he received at the Best Fifa Football Awards ceremony in Paris on Monday, along with his Paris St-Germain teammates Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi.
Neither Hakimi nor PSG have issued a public statement in response to the accusation.
Hakimi reportedly invited her to his home in Boulogne on Saturday, reportedly ordering her an Uber to transport her.
Hakimi’s wife – actress Hiba Abouk – is currently holidaying in Dubai with their young two sons. She is twelve years older than the soccer star.
His accuser claims that after arriving at his home, the footie star began kissing her on the mouth while lifting her clothes.
She alleged he kissed her breasts despite her protesting, before digitally penetrating her without consent.
The woman told police she finally managed to free herself after kicking Hakimi with her foot, before texting a friend to pick her up.
He has not yet responded to the allegations.
The Morrocan ace met his wife Hiba in 2018 when he was at Dortmund, seeing her relocate from Madrid.
Twelve years his senior, she made her name in Spanish crime drama El Principe, and like Hakimi she is a devout Muslim.