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QPR's French striker Rémy arrested on rape allegations

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-05-15

Queens Park Rangers' French striker Loïc Rémy, 26, has been arrested on suspicion of rape along with two other men, media reports said Wednesday. A 34-year-old woman told police the three men raped her in west London on May 6.

Queens Park Rangers' striker Loïc Rémy, 26, has been arrested on suspicion of rape along with two other men, media reports said Wednesday.

Rémy, a French national, is being held by Scotland Yard's sex crime squad along with the other accused after a 34-year-old woman alleged the three men raped her on May 6 in west London.

Although police did not name Rémy, it was widely reported in the British media that he was one of the three men arrested.

The Queens Park Rangers (QPR) said they would not comment on the allegations because a police investigation was ongoing. The club did, however, release a statement saying that they were aware of the situation.

"The club is aware of the allegations regarding Loïc Rémy, but due to police investigations is unable to comment," a QPR spokesperson said.

The victim reported to police on May 7 that she was raped by three men the previous day.

"On the morning of Wednesday, 15 May, three men, aged 26, 23 and 22, were arrested at an address in Fulham on suspicion of rape -- they remain in custody at a west London police station," a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said.

Rémy's arrest is the latest setback in a dismal season for QPR, who were relegated from the Premier League last month.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp signed Rémy from French club Marseille in January for £8 million (then €9.6 million) in the hope his goals would lift the team out of the relegation zone.

But although Rémy scored on his QPR debut at West Ham and has since netted a further five goals, the club's relegation to the Championship was confirmed after a 0-0 draw at Reading on April 28. They sit bottom of the table with one match remaining.

Rémy is likely to be sold in the close-season as Redknapp looks to trim his wage bill, with Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool reported to be interested in signing him.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

 

Date created : 2013-05-15

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