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French players questioned in prostitution probe

Updated: Sunday, 18 Apr 2010 12:51

French players questioned in prostitution probe

Investigators have questioned two French national footballers as part of an inquiry into prostitution involving a minor, a judicial source has revealed.

One of the French players has admitted having a relationship with a prostitute but denied knowing that she was a minor, the source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The two players, who were not identified, were questioned by investigators working for Paris examining magistrate Yves Dando, the source said, confirming a report by the M6 television station.

The investigation concerns a Paris night club, frequented by certain French internationals which is suspected of employing prostitutes, the source said.

L'Equipe newspaper reported Sunday that a third French international player could be questioned in coming weeks as part of the same investigation.

The investigation comes just two months before the World Cup in South Africa where France, the winners in 1998, have been drawn with Mexico, Uruguay and hosts South Africa.

‘There is no reaction to give on a matter like this,’ the president of the French Football Federation Jean-Pierre Escalettes told AFP.

‘An investigation is underway and I have no information on that. At the moment it is not possible to make a comment,’ he added.