The case shook French handball. In full preparation for the Euro with the France team, Elohim Prandi was the victim of a violent knife attack on New Year’s Eve, some details of which are now known.
The PSG handball player narrowly escaped death. Accompanied by several people on New Year’s Eve, the international tricolor (23) would have had an altercation with an individual during a private party in a restauraut located rue Pierre Charron, in the 8th arrondissement of the capital. In the early morning, the tone would have risen between the two men for a story of “overturned glass of water”, according to L’Equipe. They would then have grabbed hold of each other. It was at this point that another person grabbed a knife before stabbing Elohim Prandi six times in the back.
The blows were struck near the spleen and lungs, without reaching any vital organs, leaving his life spared. Prandi was immediately taken by firefighters in a condition deemed serious to hospital, where he was admitted to the intensive care unit. Despite the anguish and violence of the aggression, Elohim Prandi’s days are no longer in danger, even though he will remain under observation for a few more days. He should also not have too much after-effects and should be able to resume competition in a few weeks after having observed a period of rest to recover from his injuries and the psychological shock.
Investigations, carried out by the 1st judicial police district, are still underway to find out the circumstances and the exact reasons for this attack. They must above all make it possible to identify the perpetrator of the facts. The hearings of the people present in the establishment during the evening could make it possible to accelerate the investigation opened for “attempted homicide”.
After having already missed the World Cup as well as the Tokyo Olympics, Elohim Prandi will not be able to participate in the Euro organized in Hungary (January 13-30). A blow to both the left-back and the team led by Guillaume Gille, which will also be deprived of Luka Karabatic or Nedim Remili. But it should be able to count on the other hand on Nikola Karabatic.