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NOT*** was the primary to file a criticism for “aggravated sexual assault” towards Saïd Chabane. The president of the Angers court docket, Catherine Menardais, earlier than whom the ex-president of the Angers soccer membership has been showing since yesterday, speaks of a “ball of wool” impact, as a result of this testimony will result in others. In whole, there are seven victims who’ve filed accusations towards the defendant.

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N*** nonetheless remembers with emotion this journey to Madrid on November 25 and 27, 2019. The Angers soccer membership is celebrating its centenary. And what may very well be higher than celebrating this anniversary within the temple of world soccer that’s Madrid? N*** was nonetheless a younger gross sales assistant. His mastery of the language of Cervantes is a beneficial asset. She has no concept that the journey to the town of her research will flip into an ordeal.

While she was alone with the president of the SCO within the elevator on the Bernabeu stadium, to gather tickets for the match between Real Madrid and PSG, Saïd Chabane allegedly hugged her. Later, within the taxi, he took her hand and positioned it on his “erect” penis, because the president of the court docket recollects. Back on the resort, in shock, Angevine finally ends up revealing to her boyfriend, additionally a member of the membership’s communications division, what occurred.

A criticism was filed at first of January. In his report, the forensic physician mentions the “post-traumatic stress syndrome” from which the complainant suffers. “I was on sick leave for four hundred days. I lost 50% of my salary. I had to tell my family what happened. Above all, I gave up on my professional future. I studied sports marketing. Football is a small world: the one who spoke has a label on their forehead,” she says.

“I was disrespected”

“In football, there is power, the power of money,” underlines the general public prosecutor, Éric Bouillard. “He’s worth millions. […] What to do ? We were just poor SCO girls. When there are several of us, it’s easier to file a complaint,” says one other sufferer, her voice trembling.

M*** describes “an unhealthy, misogynistic and macho atmosphere. I was one of the only women at SCO when it was still in Ligue 2 [avant 2015, NDLR]. At the club, I was disrespected as an employee and a woman. » And to return to facts which took place in 2014 and 2015. According to her, one evening, in the open space of the Baumette training center, the president, also at the head of the agro-industrial group Cosnelle , taking advantage of the absence of other employees, allegedly massaged her shoulders and caressed her breasts. He also allegedly, among other things, embraced her while massaging her buttocks.

A compromising text message

M***, who financed her law studies by working occasionally between 2015 and 2019 as a hostess, reports that one night of a match the 59-year-old man allegedly took her hands and forcefully hugged her while trying to kiss her. She would have turned away. Saïd Chabane then suggested that she see her in a non-sporting setting. A few days later, he sends her a text message: “Available? » “It was to help him in his search for an internship,” argues the defendant. “I didn’t need it,” retorts the one whom Saïd Chabane nicknamed “the mixed race”. Chin barely raised, legs crossed, gaze straight, the entrepreneur won’t ever flip to the aspect of the prosecutor, to whom he refuses to reply, nor to that of the victims.

And Saïd Chabane, straight as an i in his blue swimsuit, is not going to change his angle throughout the day. In a laconic voice, he repeats “not recognizing the facts”. Although the testimonies of the civil events spotlight attitudes which might be disturbing to say the least, the businessman refuses to react: “It’s not me”, “I have nothing to say”, “I will let my lawyers answer “.

We are far from the start of the trial, when the native leader of Algiers, who arrived in France at the age of 23, denounces in an introductory text “extreme media coverage”. “This is an assassination of my honor and my dignity. […] What did I do to deserve all this? For twelve years, I’ve taken on totally different actions. In the morning, I promote rillettes and, within the afternoon, I negotiate six-figure salaries. I expertise this public listening to as a deliverance to specific my fact. »