France's Haouas handed one-year prison term for domestic violence

  • Rugby
  • Tuesday, 30 May 2023

PARIS (Reuters) - A French court on Tuesday handed rugby international Mohamed Haouas a one-year prison sentence, AFP and L'Equipe reported, after a fast-track trial for alleged domestic violence.

Haouas, who plays as a prop for the Montpellier team in southern France, had been in police custody since Friday. Sports paper L'Equipe reported the court had chosen a so-called adjustable sentence, allowing the player to effectively stay out of prison.

The verdict, which was milder than the 18-month sentence demanded by prosecutors, casts doubt over Hoaouas' possible call-up for France's team at the next World Cup the country will host this autumn.

Haouas' lawyer did not reply to a Reuters request for comment. It was not immediately clear whether Haouas planned to appeal the ruling.

Last year, Haouas was given a 18-month suspended prison sentence for robbery, also dating from 2014.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot, Tassilo Hummel; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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