French rugby players questioned after Edinburgh sexual assault claim

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Police Scotland said they spoke to a number of potential witnesses at Edinburgh Airport and "established that no crime has been committed".

A police spokesman told the Press Association news agency that the French players were questioned in connection with a report of a sexual assault in downtown Edinburgh early Monday following Scotland's 32-26 win over France in the Six Nations.

Members of the French national rugby team were questioned by police investigating reports of a sexual assault after the match against Scotland at Murrayfield.

The chartered Jet2 flight to Paris was due to take off at 1100, but was still on the tarmac as of 1pm.

A message sent at 11.46am from the French Rugby Federation's official Twitter account confirmed that some players were being questioned by police, adding: "We are waiting for further information".

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"The FFR confirms that some players are being interviewed by the Scottish authorities".

Officers stopped a plane carrying the France rugby squad home from the Scots capital to interrogate a number of players following allegations of a late-night sexual assault.

According to the French rugby website Rugbyrama, the incident took place as a group of players were leaving Edinburgh's Tiger Lily bar.

"These inquiries have established that no crime has been committed", the statement added.

Reports in France had suggested police became involved following an incident in the Tigerlily bar on Edinburgh's George Street on Sunday evening.

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