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Israel Judo Association revokes job offer from arrested French coach

Alain Schmitt, from France, celebrates his victory over Uuganbaatar Otgonbaatar, from Mongolia, after their men's - 81 kg fight at the World Judo Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Schmitt won the bronze. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Alain Schmitt, from France, celebrates his victory over Uuganbaatar Otgonbaatar, from Mongolia, after their men's - 81 kg fight at the World Judo Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Schmitt won the bronze. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

The Israel Judo Association has suspended all contact with French judo coach Alain Schmitt after he was arrested on accusations of domestic violence, a spokesman for the Association tells AFP.

“We have suspended all contact with him,” Gil Levanony, a spokesman for the Israel Judo Association tells AFP.

Schmitt was arrested over the weekend on allegations of punching his girlfriend, fellow French judoka Margaux Pinot. He was released earlier today after a court hearing.

His arrest came just hours before he was slated to leave for Israel and take over as head coach of the Israeli national women’s judoka team.

The Israeli Judo Association announced his hire last month, with president Moshe Ponti calling him an “excellent coach who will contribute to the national team.”

Pinot posted an image of her battered face on social media earlier today, railing against the court’s decision to release him and alleging that he punched her, strangled her and smashed her head against the floor, breaking her nose, before she managed to escape.

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