French rugby players questioned after Edinburgh sexual assault claim

Police prevent French team from departing Edinburgh- reports

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A number of France rugby players have been questioned by police at Edinburgh Airport after a report of a sexual assault during a night out in the capital at the weekend.

France have been delayed from returning home after their Six Nations match against Scotland after several of their players were called in for questioning by police following an alleged brawl in Edinburgh.

Seven French players are reportedly being questioned by the police regarding the incident, including Louis Picamoles, Teddy Thomas, Ben Arous and Arthur Iturria.

Police Scotland says French rugby players were interviewed as "potential witnesses" after reports in Scotland's Herald newspaper of an incident at a bar following the French defeat to Scotland in the Six Nations on Sunday.

Police said their inquiries had established that no crimes had been committed.

The players were quizzed before their Jet2 charter flight to Paris was due to leave Edinburgh this morning at 11am, but police have confirmed that no crime was committed.

Scotland beat the visitors 32-26 in a thrilling encounter at Murrayfield to move fourth in the table behind Ireland, England and Wales. "We are waiting for more information".

Reports suggest the French rugby team's coach Jacques Brunel gave his team the green light to go for a drink in the centre of Edinburgh on Sunday night.

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