An investigation has been opened into the alleged use of underage prostitutes by a professional footballer in France after he was taken into custody on Monday.
The player, who is on the books at Ligue 2 outfit Nimes Olympique, is said to have been arrested following allegations made by a young female after a row about a stolen car.
RMC Sport have reported that the Nimes player attended a police station to give details about the alleged theft of his vehicle.
At the same time, the car in question was allegedly taken to a dealership, where it was attempted to be sold. Talks over the sale of the car are said to have turned sour.
The frightened girl who was in possession of the vehicle then went to the police to describe that situation – and also the alleged events that preceded it.
She is alleged to have claimed that the owner of the car had paid for sexual relations with her, adding that one other minor and an adult were also present.
The unnamed player was then arrested, with an investigation now opened over the alleged prostitution of minors and alleged acts of "resorting to the prostitution of minors" for the footballer.
The place in custody is said to have been extended until Wednesday, with Nimes sitting 13th in Ligue 2 following three wins from 12 matches after relegation from Ligue 1 last season.
RMC Sport say: "Investigators then sought to find out more by summoning the football player on Monday. The man went to the police station before being arrested and taken into custody.
"The man went to the police station before being arrested and taken into custody.
"The investigation was opened for recourse to the prostitution of minors and organisation of meetings during which minors have had sexual relations with an adult."
Nimes have not responded to requests for comment.
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