Farid El Melali, Algerian and Angers winger, was arrested for the second time this year on Wednesday 8 July for reportedly masturbating in public in France.

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Ouest-France confirmed the 22-year-old was questioned by local police after a second accusation of indecent exposure lodged against the Algerian attacker.

Two months after being charged for this same crime, the fresh incident comes and was already planning to face a court hearing later this summer.

El Melali’s lawyer, Sandra Chirac Kollarik, told Ouest-France: ‘Farid El Melali was heard this Wednesday morning by the Angers police services, about acts committed during the recent period of confinement, which he acknowledged, and about which he had already been interviewed before being summoned to court. 

‘Once again Farid El Melali answered the questions asked and all the necessary checks could therefore be made, so that his hearing was quickly closed.

 

‘He renews his sincerest apologies to the women he may have upset with inappropriate attitudes.’

In response to the latest incident, Angers President Fabrice Favetto-Bon said: ‘We believe that we have already made statements on this matter. We heard the player’s apology. 

 

‘Obviously, this type of behaviour, pending the decision of the courts, does not conform with the values of the club and our requirement of players to be examples. The process is ongoing.’

Farid El Melali is supposed to file a plea-either guilty or not guilty-while meeting a judge on the two potentially indecent exposure charges.

The footballer faces getting a one-year jail term and a €15,000 (£13,480) fine in compliance with article 222-32 of law in France.