Wednesday 19 September 2018

France players questioned by Scottish police

Initial reports in France suggested that police were investigating an alleged brawl between French players and Scottish supporters, although these were later also dismissed by police. (stock photo)
Initial reports in France suggested that police were investigating an alleged brawl between French players and Scottish supporters, although these were later also dismissed by police. (stock photo)

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

France's flight home to Paris was initially delayed yesterday after Scottish police asked for a number of their players to help as witnesses in an investigation.

The French players were due to fly out of Edinburgh airport on a chartered Jet2 flight to Paris Orly at 11.0am, until the plane was grounded while police carried out enquiries.

The alleged six players involved - named in reports by French media as Louis Picamoles, Anthony Belleau, Jonathan Danty, Remi Lamerat, Yacouba Camara and Felix Lambey - were taken off the plane, accompanied by French Rugby Federation vice-president Serge Simon, and questioned at a nearby police station in a connection with an alleged sexual assault. The chartered flight eventually departed two hours later than scheduled, landing back in Paris around 4.0pm local time.

French media later reported that the six players and Simon were missing from the chartered flight back to Paris due to their involvement with the police investigation, with Police Scotland confirming that the players' absence from the flight was not linked to any ongoing enquiries.

Initial reports in France suggested that police were investigating an alleged brawl between French players and Scottish supporters, although these were later also dismissed by police.

Meanwhile, Wasps have confirmed that Danny Cipriani will leave the club at the end of the season.

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