France players questioned by police over alleged sexual assault as flight delayed


France’s return from Edinburgh to Paris was delayed Monday after a number of players were questioned in relation to a reported sexual assault.

Police stopped the chartered Jet2 flight on the tarmac at Edinburgh airport and were able to “established that no crime has been committed.”

“Following an initial report of sexual assault in Edinburgh city centre during the early hours of Monday 12th February, police conducted various lines of inquiry, including speaking to a number of potential witnesses,” a statement from Police Scotland read.

“These inquiries have established that no crime has been committed.”

The report was made to the police following France’s Six Nations defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield on Sunday.

“The FFR confirms that some players are being heard by the Scottish authorities,” the French Rugby Federation [FFR] tweeted.

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.

Events Manager Jo McKinnell said the French players were in the bar on Sunday evening but said there were no incidents.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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