French rugby players questioned by police over 'sexual assault' incident

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The plane carrying the players was grounded while police inquiries were carried out.

France's players sing the national anthem before the Six Nations worldwide rugby union match between Scotland and France at Murrayfield.

The report of sexual assault came in the early hours of Monday morning after Scotland beat the French team 32-26 in a Six Nations game at Murrayfield on Sunday.

France's flight back to Paris from Edinburgh has been delayed on Monday as Scottish police are understood to have removed several players from the plane for questioning over an alleged brawl in Edinburgh on Sunday night.

The official Rugby France Twitter account earlier tweeted: "The FFR confirms that some players are being heard by the Scottish authorities".

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Cops launched a probe and spoke to a number of the France stars before establishing no crime took place.

French media reported the fight was between players and supporters of Scotland but Scottish police later said the players were questioned as "potential witnesses".

Police stopped the chartered Jet2 flight on the tarmac at Edinburgh airport and were able to "established that no crime has been committed".

The manager in charge of events at the Tigerlily bar confirmed that the French players spent the evening at the venue but said there were no incidents.

A report in Scotland's Herald newspaper said members of the squad were held by police following reports of an incident in an Edinburgh bar.

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