Rugby | Sexual violence: Jegou and Auradou to be transferred to Mendoza

Rugby | Sexual violence: Jegou and Auradou to be transferred to Mendoza
Rugby | Sexual violence: Jegou and Auradou to be transferred to Mendoza

Oscar Jegou and Hugo Auradou were due to be transferred to Mendoza in western Argentina on Wednesday to answer accusations of sexual violence brought by a young woman, while the rest of the France XV are in Montevideo to face Uruguay. The Pau player and the Rochelais player have been in police custody in Buenos Aires since their arrest on Monday, following a complaint for acts that allegedly took place on Saturday evening in Mendoza, 1,100 km west of Buenos Aires, after the Blues’ test match against Argentina.

In a statement, the French Rugby Federation said the two players had “confirmed having had sexual intercourse with the young woman during the night but… firmly denied any form of violence”. An investigation into sexual violence has been opened. Under Argentine law, this can include acts ranging from sexual assault to aggravated rape. According to the local press, the alleged assault took place on the night of Saturday to Sunday at the Diplomatic Hotel in Mendoza, where French players and staff were staying, in the hours following the victory (28-13) of the French XV against the Pumas, in the first test match of the tour of the Blues.

Police sources told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity, that the players met the alleged victim in a bar after the match. According to these sources, they consumed alcohol together, then the complainant, “feeling dizzy“, was reportedly taken to their hotel. According to Mendoza Attorney General Daniela Chaler, “the deposition (of the complainant) was quite long, complete, detailed and corresponded, for the time being, to the forensic conclusions“.

The injuries are consistent with the victim’s account, but not necessarily exclusively from sexual assault“, added on LV10 radio the magistrate who requested the provisional detention of the two players. For their transfer to Mendoza, where they will be heard before a possible indictment, “They must be accompanied by a translator” car “These two young people do not speak Spanish“, added Ms. Chaler.So we need to make sure that they understand the reason for their detention and transfer.” she added.

“If Galthié is lucid, he knows that there was nothing in front of him”

Grill to stay in Argentina to “manage” the case

In the statement released Tuesday, the French Rugby Federation said its president Florian Grill and vice-president Jean-Marc Lhermet had met with the two players. During the hearing in Mendoza, “We will present evidence in favor of the players, evidence that we have, concrete, and the justice of Mendoza will then decide whether or not to release the players.“, one of the players’ lawyers, Rafael Cuneo Libarona, told AFP.

The spokesman for the Mendoza prosecutor’s office, Martin Ahumada, said that the facts in question could be punishable by twenty years in prison. Having just arrived in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, Florian Grill, who was due to accompany Fabien Galthié’s Blues to Montevideo, told AFP that he was staying in the Argentine capital for “manage” the case. “There is an ongoing investigation. The fact that we are here with Jean-Marc (Hermet) is a good thing. We will be able to support and facilitate this investigation“, Grill had told a few journalists earlier, including AFP.

If the facts are true, they are incredibly serious. We must spare a thought for the young woman“, he added.If the investigation establishes the facts alleged, they constitute an unspeakable atrocity. Thoughts for the victim“, wrote Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, the Minister of Sports, on the social network X. “It was a very difficult day, very, very hard. A very difficult time to live through.“, said the coach of the Blues Fabien Galthié during a press conference in Montevideo.

After the match against Uruguay, the French XV must once again challenge the Pumas on Saturday in Buenos Aires. The arrest of the two players came the day after the sidelining of the tour and the sending back to France of the full-back Melvyn Jaminet, after racist remarks in a video published on Sunday and which he later said was “deeply sorry and ashamed“.

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