Police say the three men “who gang-raped an Irish rugby fan” may be “Romanians who immediately fled France after the attack”
Three men accused of gang-raping an Irish rugby fan at a World Cup match in France may be Romanians who have already left the country, MailOnline has learned.
The 37-year-old woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, described her attackers as “white and European in appearance” in a statement she gave to police following the attack in Bordeaux shortly before midnight on Saturday.
She was among thousands of rugby fans who celebrated Ireland’s victory over Romania in the center of the picturesque French city in their opening World Cup match on Saturday.
French police analyzed surveillance camera footage from the pretty Place du Palais, where the woman had been drinking, and the historic Rue de la Rousselle, where she was attacked, to identify the suspects.
But five days after the brutal attack, all three suspects remain at large and a source close to the investigation said they may have fled France shortly after the attack.
The source told MailOnline: ‘A strong theory is that the suspects are Romanians and therefore are not known to anyone in Bordeaux. They could have easily escaped the city on Sunday and already been back in Romania.
A female rugby fan from Ireland was kidnapped and then gang-raped by three men believed to be Romanians while she was in Bordeaux to watch her national team at the World Cup (file image of Irish fans in Bordeaux)
The victim was among thousands of rugby fans celebrating Ireland’s victory over Romania in central Bordeaux (pictured).
Despite extensive investigations in the Bordeaux city center, the police have not found a single witness to the attack.
“Police detectives came to my bar on Monday looking and asking about this poor woman,” Nadine, owner of the Freres Cailloux cafe, told MailOnline.
“But the square was packed with rugby fans drinking and having a good time.
‘I have given them access to the images I have, but that is only from inside the bar. The cameras in the square are property of the city, so they already have access to them.”
State Attorney Sebastien Baumert-Stortz said police continue to look for witnesses in the area since opening a formal rape investigation on Monday.
He confirmed that CCTV footage is being examined for clues, as well as the victim’s clothing.
Monsieur Baumert-Stortz added: “Investigations are ongoing and, in particular, the genetic examination of the victim and her clothing.
“The testimonies and the study of the neighborhood video surveillance film are especially important.”
The woman was too traumatized and confused to initially go to the police, after being found near her Airbnb accommodation by Welsh rugby fans, who were in Bordeaux for their team’s match against Fiji on Sunday.
Neighbors at the Airbnb property called the police, and the woman finally filed a formal complaint Monday morning.
Irish Garda police officers, who are in the city to support rugby fans, are in contact with French authorities about the attack.
A Garda spokesperson told MailOnline: “Members of An Garda Siochana currently deployed to France during the Rugby World Cup to assist Irish people visiting France are in contact with local authorities in relation to an alleged incident.”
The Irish Rugby Union (IRFU) has offered its condolences to the woman.
A spokesperson said: “The IRFU is aware of disturbing news coming out of Bordeaux regarding an incident involving an Irish supporter at the weekend.
‘We are shocked and express our deepest condolences to the victim.
“The IRFU wants all fans to have a positive experience supporting the team in France and we urge all travelers to take care of themselves and each other.”