An English Leading League player has been billed with raping a schoolgirl in France just after allegedly lying to police about obtaining intercourse with the 15-12 months-outdated for the reason that “he did not want to upset his girlfriend”.

The 23-12 months-outdated is on bail awaiting trial together with his cousin, who is now 25, around the alleged assault in the southern city of Nimes, a courtroom listened to. Both gentlemen, who could deal with up to 15 years in jail, deny costs of raping the victim, who was found “in tears and deep shock” by friends just after the assault in July 2012, in accordance to lawful sources.

She was 15 at the time – the minimum age of consent in France – and statements she was forced into intercourse by her assailants, who had been then 17 and 19. Neither is French, but they had been on holiday alongside one another at a campsite in Aigues-Mortes. At 1st, the player denied obtaining intercourse with the lady. When evidence was made by police investigators, he improved his tale, expressing: “I did not want to upset my girlfriend.”

Now the defendants say they experienced consensual intercourse with their accuser, and normally assumed she was older than 15.

She has admitted remaining drunk on July 18, 2012 – the day of the assault – expressing the accused plied her with alcohol to make her extra intrigued in intercourse. Friends found her crying just before 6am the upcoming early morning, when she explained the player as “pretentious and a b——“. He is assumed to have currently signed professional phrases at the time.

In accordance to the lady and her friends, the defendants understood her age for the reason that she experienced explained to him she could not go to the campsite disco “for the reason that she was only 15”.

Remy Nougier, the barrister defending the two gentlemen, reported that his shoppers “vigorously contest the accusations”.

Telegraph, London

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