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Two France players arrested in Argentina for sexual assault

France Les Bleus players attend the Captain's run at Malvinas Argentinas Stadium in Mendoza, Argentina, on July 5, 2024, on the eve of the rugby test match between Argentina and France. (Photo by Andres Larrovere / AFP) (Photo by ANDRES LARROVERE/AFP via Getty Images)

Two France players have been arrested Monday afternoon (local time) by police in Argentina on suspicion of sexual assault. The information was revealed by Argentine media outlet MDZ and quickly confirmed by L’Equipe.

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Florian Grill, president of the French Rugby Federation (FFR), arrived on the scene during the night and confirmed on Tuesday 9 July that the two accused were second-row Hugo Auradou (21) and backrow Oscar Jegou (20).

According to initial reports in the Argentine press, the alleged incident took place in the early hours of Sunday morning at the hotel where the French national team was staying, the day after France’s victory over Argentina. A few hours earlier, Auradou and Jegou were said to have met a girl in a bowling centre before going to a hotel where the assault allegedly took place.

“The complaint was filed on Sunday afternoon,” MDZ reports. “Immediately, and because of the strength of her statement, the emergency protocol was activated.”

With the French players due to leave Argentina for a match against Uruguay on Wednesday, the police quickly set up a procedure to arrest the two young players before they left.

“The physical examinations carried out on the victim by the forensic team have provided solid evidence,” said MDZ media.

“If the facts are proven, they are incredibly serious. Our thoughts are with the young woman,” said Grill at an unscheduled press conference on Tuesday, a public holiday in Argentina.

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This case follows another incident during Les Bleus’ tour of Argentina, when full-back Malvyn Jaminet made racist comments on his official Instagram account on Saturday night, shortly after the French team’s victory.

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The player was immediately suspended from the squad and later apologised.

“It’s disastrous for what rugby stands for and what it should stand for. But I want to say again that there is an investigation into the two players and that’s not what rugby is about. It’s really not what rugby is about,” said Grill.

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Barry 9 days ago

Quite the few days for this squad.

If you've no leaders in your squad, you at least need minimum standards. Who is even in charge?

I remember hearing about Aaron Smith frolicking with a groupie in airport toilets. No scandal, no cops. He still got put on the naughty step for the next few games. And his escapades were consensual acts.

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Bull Shark 10 days ago

Sickening.

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Thomas 10 days ago

Yes, so that French tour trucks on just swell.
First Jaminet, now those two. What’s next?

If there’s an adult with them out there, that could possibly rein that band of rogues in a notch, now’d be the ideal time.

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GrandDisse 10 days ago

Quite similar to another story involving footballers (Ezequiel Tejada, Julian Encina) a few months ago in the same city.

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Turlough 10 days ago

How many times have incidents like this occurred and the perpetrators got away with it, not even mentioned? The entire rugby game and its history is not worth the sexual assault of one young woman.

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