Attacking midfielder Farid El Melali was arrested on Monday evening after being charged with sexual exhibition in the French city, reports ESPN.
In the courtyard of his block of flats, El Melali was seen masturbating while staring at a woman who lives on the ground floor around 10:50 p.m. (local time) on Monday. This was witnessed by neighbours who saw El Melali looking through the window into the woman’s apartment.
Neighbours of the woman then called the police and midfielder was arrested. ESPN sources confirmed it was his second indictment over related incidents.
Local police and Angers Ligue 1 club both reported the arrest of El Melali, but refused to comment.
El Melali’s lawyer Sandra Chirac Kollarik supported her client in the local newspaper Le Courrier de l’Ouest, which first published the incident, stating that her client “was not attacking anyone and was not violent against anyone.”
The former Paradou AC player, who joined Angers in the summer of 2018, scored three times in four games after recovering from several injuries. The club had just signed a new El Melali contract that would keep him in the club until 2023.