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The French players sing the national anthem before the Six Nations match against Scotland. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

France rugby players questioned after Edinburgh sexual assault claim

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France rugby players have been questioned by police after a report of sexual assault in Edinburgh city centre following the national team’s game against Scotland,The Guardian reports.

Officers said their inquiries had established that no crimes were committed. It is understood members of the team were taken off a chartered Jet2 flight to Paris scheduled o leave Edinburgh airport at 11am on Monday.

The plane’s departure was delayed until about 1pm, when it took off with all of the team reported to be on board. The report of sexual assault came in the early hours of Monday after Scotland beat the French team 32-26 in a Six Nations match at Murrayfield on Sunday.

In a statement on Monday morning, the French rugby federation said: “The FFR confirms that some players are being questioned by the Scottish authorities. We are waiting for more information.”

It was earlier reported that police were investigating a fight that broke out in a bar between the French players and Scotland fans.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Following an initial report of sexual assault in Edinburgh city centre during the early hours of Monday 12 February, police conducted various lines of inquiry, including speaking to a number of potential witnesses.”

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