Men questioned over Clermont machete attack
July 22, 2014
Julien Pierre needed surgery after the attack © Getty Images
Four men have been questioned by French police following a machete attack on three of Clermont Auvergne's players.
Aurelien Rougerie, Julien Pierre and Benjamin Kayser were all hospitalised after they were set upon in the early hours of Sunday morning by 12 men. The players were leaving a local nightclub, according to reports, and were attacked with machetes and swords.
Three other people were wounded in the attack as they attempted to help the Clermont players. Reports in the Daily Telegraph say the four men who have been detained are aged between 20 and 25.
Pierre required surgery on cuts to his hip while Rougerie and Kayser were released from hospital on Sunday. Jean-Marc Lhermet, Clermont's sporting director, described the attack as "unexpected" and "brutal" and added: "No one was expecting that. The evening had gone really well."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Hugh Godwin talks to France Sevens coach Frederic Pomarel about the controversial Olympics loophole that could lead to Steffon Armitage playing for Les Bleus
"If England flounder in the next World Cup the knives will be out - six-year contract or not." Tom Hamilton on the new contract for the England coaches
The All Blacks face their toughest task of the Rugby Championship at Ellis Park this weekend, writes Craig Dowd
With the deadline for World Cup ticket applications now over, Tom May outlines his hopes, gripes and wishes for next year's global gathering