Morocco star handed 3-year prison term

African Football

Morocco star Youssef El-Arabi has been handed a three-year prison sentence in France after being found guilty of assaulting two teenage boys.

El-Arabi, who currently plies his trade with Greek giants Olympiakos, has been sentenced to three years in prison in France, two of which are suspended, after a French court found him guilty of assaulting two teenagers last week.

The 34-year-old, his two brothers and his brother-in-law were all handed the same sentence in relation to an attack that took place in Montpellier in June 2017, when they assaulted two boys aged 13 and 16 after the youngsters threw a bottle at El-Arabi's family during post-Ramadan celebrations.

According to The Sun, the teenagers threw a glass bottle on to the player's garden patio where it shattered into pieces around the family's children before they were chased down and beaten, leaving one of them with an injury to his eye.

In addition to the prison sentence, the quartet has also been instructed to pay a combined fine of £5 500 (R106 000) and to pay their victims an amount of £12 000 (R232 000) in compensation for their injuries.

El-Arabi, who has scored 16 goals in 45 official matches for Morocco, was absent at the sentencing as he was preparing for Olympiakos' Greek Cup final clash against PAOK, which they lost 2-1 courtesy of a 90th-minute goal from Michael Krmencik.

Per the report, the court's decision remains subject to appeal and the former Granada star could petition for his sentence to be commuted to a period of community service instead of having to serve time behind bars.

El-Arabi was one of the leading African goalscorers across the whole of Europe this season

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