French footballer accused of raping US student

11th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

ROME, Oct 11, 2006 (AFP) - French footballer Garra Dembele was arrested in Rome overnight on suspicion of raping an American student at a club in the Italian capital, police said Wednesday.

ROME, Oct 11, 2006 (AFP) - French footballer Garra Dembele was arrested in Rome overnight on suspicion of raping an American student at a club in the Italian capital, police said Wednesday.

"We have arrested a French citizen a little over 20 years old of Malian origin who is accused of sexual assault," police official Alberto Intini told a news conference.

The player "admitted trying to approach the American woman but he denied having committed any violent act," Intini said, adding that the footballer said he "could not remember (what happened) because he was drunk."

The American was allegedly raped late Monday night at a chic club in the center of Rome near the Piazza Navona.

Dembele, a former player with French first division club Auxerre, was in the Italian capital for a trial with lower league side Cisco Roma, according to the ANSA news agency. He tried out for Serie A club Lazio during the summer.

Dembele had been a member of both the France under-18 and under-19 teams.

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