French rugby players spoken to by police over sex assault claim


The France rugby team's flight back from Edinburgh following their Six Nations defeat by Scotland was delayed on Monday so squad members could be interviewed as potential witnesses to an alleged sexual assault, police said.

Police spoke to members of the French national rugby side as part of their inquiries into the incident, however the force has determined that no crime was committed.

France's players sing the national anthem before the Six Nations worldwide rugby union match between Scotland and France at Murrayfield.

The French rugby federation confirmed in a brief statement that some players were questioned, but did not elaborate.

French rugby players have been questioned by police after a report of sexual assault in Edinburgh city centre following the team's game against Scotland.

A report of sexual assault was made in the early hours of Monday.

La FFR confirme que certains joueurs sont entendus par les autorités Écossaises.

In line with those earlier reports, the squad's flight home to Paris was indeed grounded by police earlier today and several players did speak with officers in regards to an investigation. "We are waiting for more information", the FFR said on Twitter.

"These inquiries have established that no crime has been committed (via Sky News)".

Reports on Monday suggested that the incident had taken place at the Tigerlily on George Street, as the French team mingled with supporters on a night out.