KHeira Hamraoui was, much to her chagrin, one of the great protagonists of the women’s football season in Europe. The attack suffered by her at the hands of some assailants who beat her against her legs with an iron bar shocked the continent, as did the subsequent news about the possible motivations and the ‘order’ of the beating. The PSG footballer breaks her silence at L’Équipe to talk about these tough months.
Memories of the attack: “I experienced an attack of unbelievable violence. Two hooded strangers took me out of the car I was traveling in to hit me on the legs with iron bars. That night, I really thought I was going to stay there… I was screaming in pain. I tried to protect myself as much as possible. I have a very painful memory”.
The days after: “I was completely emaciated, lost, confused and overwhelmed by the events. It took me several days to come back to the surface, but it was twice the trouble for me. Fresh from a traumatic episode, I felt the weight of the media machine activate, I was caught in a storm.
A thoughtful attack: “A true ambush. These guys were waiting for me behind a truck. They were in the right place at the right time. How could they be so well informed?”
Whistle of his own hobby: “When I entered the match, I heard hostile chants and insults coming from the stands. I was shocked, shocked and scared at the same time. Somehow I tried to ignore it by focusing on the match. At the end of the match I collapsed.”
He directed investigators against his partner Diallo: “One thing is certain, I was the victim of a terrible attack. I will not participate in this “media court”, it makes no sense to me. I was listened to by the investigators, I told what I experienced. Let everyone stay in their place. I am not no judge, no investigator, no prosecutor. I trust the courts will shed light on this case. Many avenues have been explored. This is the role of investigators.”
His private life and his relationship with Abidal were exposed: “I asked for a bit of decency, that they respect my privacy and my private life. The issue of Éric Abidal has nothing to do with the aggression of which I was a victim. I feel that it was a smokescreen designed to keep us away from the demonstration of the truth”.
The investigation: “The investigation evolves. I need this to materialize so I can move forward with my personal reconstruction. I am calm and patient. The truth will eventually come out.”