Football: Complaint against Thuram withdrawn by ex-partner

14th September 2013, Comments 0 comments

The ex-partner of Lilian Thuram has withdrawn a complaint of domestic violence she made against the most capped player in French football history.

Karine Le Marchand, a 45-year-old television presenter, registered the complaint with police in the upmarket 16th district of Paris on September 4.

Le Marchand's lawyer however later contacted AFP to say that her client was in the process of withdrawing the accusation.

"Karine Le Marchand has been separated from Lilian Thuram for several months," the lawyer, Caroline Mecary said in a statement.

"They both deplore the fact that unserious incidents in their private life have become public knowledge despite the fact that Karine Le Marchand rapidly took steps to withdraw the complaint through the captain who registered it."

Le Marchand "would like to recall that she considers Lilian Thuram to be an exemplary person, with strong moral values who fights sincerely for noble causes".

Police refused to comment on whether there would be any follow-up on the complaint now that it has been withdrawn.

Guadeloupe-born Thuram, 41, was a defender for Monaco, Parma, Juventus and Barcelona and was one of the heroes of France's World Cup triumph on home soil in 1998, scoring two crucial goals in the semi-final win over Croatia.

He went on to win a total of 142 caps, and his image as a particularly humble and articulate footballer has made him hugely popular with the French public.

Thuram has a reputation for espousing social causes, having established his own anti-racism foundation and campaigned on issues including the rights of illegal immigrants and, most recently, gay marriage.

According to the ONDRP watchdog body, a total of 53,868 incidents of domestic violence against women were registered in France in 2011, resulting in 122 deaths.


© 2013 AFP

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