After his shocking revelations on the alleged controversy between Zakaria Aboukhlal and an elected official, RMC Sports sees the return of the crank dangerously coming.
On Monday, the French media dropped a bomb on the Toulouse winger (13 goals, 5 assists in 39 games this season). On the sidelines of the festivities of the French Cup at the Capitol, the Moroccan winger (17 caps, 3 goals) would have launched to the assistant in charge of Sports at the town hall of Toulouse Laurence Arribagé who demanded silence from the players: “At home, women don’t talk like that to men”, the outlet reported. A supposed sexist statement following which Aboukhlal would have demanded the elected official to apologize to him. Stormy revelations that caused a stir and earned the Rotterdam native to be dismissed by the TFC “until further notice, pending the results of an internal investigation”.
Aboukhlal and Toulouse reframe RMC Sport
Speaking for the first time on Twitter since the start of the controversy, the Atlas Lion denied the version of RMC Sportsafter having had, he says, an interview with Laurence Arribagé. “Following the article published by RMC on Monday May 15, I had the opportunity to meet and discuss with Laurence Arribagé. During this interview, we both confirmed that what happened during the April 30 ceremony at the Capitol does not correspond to the revelations of RMC. We would like to put an end to this controversy which has greatly affected both of us and our families. Please respect our decision.”notably posted the player this Thursday, May 18 in the morning.
— Zakaria Aboukhlal (@ZAboukhlal) May 12, 2023
Abundant in the same direction, the club of the Pink City denounced, in the light of the results of the investigation, comments disguised by RMC Sports and immediately announced the reinstatement of the 23-year-old player. “Following our internal investigation and the multiple discussions that resulted from it, a meeting between Mrs. Laurence Arribagé and our player Zakaria Aboukhlal took place in the presence of the management of the Club. Following this meeting, we concluded that the facts reported by RMC Sport did not really reflect what happened on April 30 at the Capitol.. Consequently, we confirm that the investigation carried out by the Toulouse Football Club is now closed and that the player returns to the squad as of today. The Club will not comment further.said Téfécé in a press release published in the middle of the day on Twitter.
Following our internal investigation and the many resulting discussions, a meeting between Mrs. Laurence Arribagé and our player Zakaria Aboukhlal took place in the presence of the Club’s management.
As a result of this meeting, we concluded… pic.twitter.com/pB6qDODHlx
—Toulouse FC (@ToulouseFC) May 18, 2023
Accused of plotting by Moroccan supporters, RMC Sport therefore suffered the full force of the boomerang effect. To be continued…