Achraf Hakimi, a defender for Paris Saint-Germain and Morocco, has been accused with rape, French prosecutors informed AFP on Friday.
Prosecutors questioned Hakimi, 24, regarding allegations made by a 24-year-old woman on Thursday, and then charged him.
The player, who was born in Madrid and played a significant role in Morocco’s historic march to the World Cup semifinals in Qatar last year, was spotted at PSG practice on Friday morning.
During the time that his wife and kids were away on vacation, Hakimi is said to have paid for his accuser to see him at home.
Hakimi attended the FIFA Best awards presentation on Monday in Paris, where he was recognized as a member of the FIFPro Men’s World Team of the Year.
He was a pillar of the Moroccan team in Qatar, which helped them become the first Arab country to get to the World Cup’s last four.
According to French law, a charge does not always result in a trial.