Reports that members of the France rugby squad were being questioned by authorities in Edinburgh about an alleged brawl in the city on Sunday night have proven to be false.
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. However, the players were actually questioned as “potential witnesses” after the police received a report about a possible sexual assault in Edinburgh city centre in the early hours of this morning.
Police Scotland have since stated that their investigation concluded that no crime was, in fact, 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,” said a spokesman for the Scottish authorities(via Sky News).
“These inquiries have established that no crime has been committed.”
Jacques Brunel’s side were, of course, in Edinburgh for the second game of their 2018 NatWest Six Nations campaign, a game which ended in a 32-26 defeat to Gregor Townsend’s Scotland.