Clermont Auvergne players Aurelien Rougerie, Julien Pierre and Benjamin Kayser were attacked on Saturday night by a group of men wielding machetes and swords as they returned to their hotel after a night out, it emerged on Sunday.
The French internationals were on their way back from a night club in the southern town of Millau, where the club was stopping over on its way to a training camp, when the men attacked them.
All three were rushed to hospital after the attack, but none sustained life-threatening injuries. Pierre, however, will require surgery after suffering ‘deep cuts’ to his hip.
“As they walked back to their hotel overnight Saturday, a group of players was assaulted by a dozen people carrying weapons including machetes and sabres,” the club said.
“The entire club is deeply shocked and outraged by these acts and will bring all the necessary support to local authorities who have launched a probe.”
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