Aminata Diallo's Alleged Attack on Teammate Sparks Tonya Harding Comparisons

A soccer star's alleged attack on another player is prompting comparisons to Tonya Harding today.

In France, Paris St-Germain (PSG) women's midfielder Aminata Diallo has been taken into police custody following an attack on one of her teammates last week.

According to French outlet L'Equipe, Diallo's fellow club player Kheira Hamraoui was assaulted by two masked men on November 4.

The 31-year-old, who also plays in the midfield position on the team, was dragged out of her car and hit on her arms and legs with an iron bar.

Diallo has been arrested in connection with the attack.

In a statement on the club website, PSG confirmed that "Versailles Regional Police Service as part of the proceedings opened following an attack on the Club's players last Thursday evening."

The statement continues: "Paris Saint-Germain condemns in the strongest possible terms the violence committed.

Aminata Diallo
Aminata Diallo #38 of Utah Royals FC warms up before a game between Portland Thorns FC and Utah Royals FC at Rio Tinto Stadium on October 03, 2020 in Sandy, Utah. Bryan Byerly/ISI Photos/Getty Images

"Since Thursday evening the Club has taken all necessary measures to guarantee the health, well-being and safety of its entire women's team.

"Paris Saint-Germain is working with the Versailles Police to clarify the facts. The Club is paying close attention to the progress of the proceedings and will study what action to take."

Diallo's alleged attack on her fellow athlete has been likened to figure skater Tonya Harding's infamous attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan in 1994, which remains one of the biggest sporting scandals in history.

Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding
Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding of the United States pass each other without notice during a practice session at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics. Pascal Rondeau/ALLSPORT/Getty

The attack was orchestrated by Harding's ex-husband and took place during the U.S. Figure Skating Championships that year, with the assailant intending to break Kerrigan's knee to render her unable to compete in the upcoming Olympics.

Harding went on to win the Championships and has always maintained her innocence, however, she plead guilty to hindering the prosecution's investigation into the assault.

The scandalous events were depicted in the 2017 dark comedy I, Tonya starring Margot Robbie as Harding.

As news of Diallo's alleged attack on Hamraoui spreads, many people are reminded of the Harding scandal from nearly three decades ago.

"Holy s*%#. This is Tonya Harding but worse—her own teammate! Unbelievable," tweeted ESPN's Sarah Spain.

Holy s*%#. This is Tonya Harding but worse - her own teammate! Unbelievable.

— Sarah Spain (@SarahSpain) November 10, 2021

While sportswriter Flo Lloyd-Hughes tweeted: "Um, Tonya Harding wants her vibe back......"

Um, Tonya Harding wants her vibe back......

— Flo Lloyd-Hughes (@FloydTweet) November 10, 2021

"What in the Tonya Harding..." added lawyer and writer Kelsey Trainor.

What in the Tonya Harding... 🤯🤯

— Kelsey Trainor (@ktrain_11) November 10, 2021

Jasmine Baker, a women's sports culturalist, posted: "Not a Tonya Harding in 2021."

Not a Tonya Harding in 2021 👀

— jasmine baker ~ (she/her) (@WeGotGame2) November 10, 2021

While another Twitter user added: "If Tonya Harding EVER thought her past would be forgotten, she was sadly mistaken! This chick (left) took a page right outta Tonya's playbook!"

If Tonya Harding EVER thought her past would be forgotten, she was sadly mistaken!

This chick (left) took a page right outta Tonya's playbook!

— Glo pass the JOHN LEWIS VOTING RIGHTS ACT Rob💎 (@GlowRa) November 10, 2021
Aminata Diallo and Tonya Harding
Aminata Diallo and Tonya Harding Getty Images