France players questioned by police over alleged sexual assault

France players questioned by police over alleged sexual assault

It was earlier reported that police were investigating a fight that broke out in a bar between the French players and Scotland fans.

France's plane was stopped before take-off and and was grounded on the tarmac at Edinburgh Airport.

"Following an initial report of sexual assault in Edinburgh city centre during the early hours of Monday 12th February, police conducted various lines of inquiry, including speaking to a number of potential witnesses", a statement from Police Scotland read.

Members of the French rugby union squad which lost to Scotland on Sunday are being "interviewed by Scottish authorities" after reports they had been involved in a brawl, the French federation (FFR) said on Monday.

An incident was alleged to have occurred in Edinburgh in the hours following Les Bleus' 32-26 Six Nations defeat by Scotland at Murrayfield.

Scottish police are now questioning members of the French rugby team about an alleged fight in Edinburgh last night, according to reports.

The team's chartered Jet2 flight to Paris Orly was due to leave at 11:00 but left two hours later.

Events Manager Jo McKinnell confirmed that the French players were in the bar that night but said there were no incidents.

The French website Rugbyrama claims the incident took place in the Tigerlily bar in George Street, just west of the city centre, as part of a night out sanctioned by France coach Jacques Brunel.

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