Germany’s 2014 World Cup winner Jerome Boateng was fined 1.8 million euros (2 2 million) by a Munich court on Thursday after he was found guilty of assaulting his former teammate three years ago.
The heavy fines imposed by the Munich Regional Court came after Boating was convicted of deliberately causing bodily harm and his ex-girlfriend, Shereen Senler.
After Judge Kai Dungardisen delivered his verdict, Boating hurried out of the courtroom, surrounded by bodyguards and boarded a black SUV, which was pursued by photographers.
Prosecutor Stephanie Eckert called for 18 months in prison and a ین 1.5 million fine.
Boateng, 33, who signed for French club Lyon after a decade in Bayern Munich last week, attacked the mother of his twin daughters during a 2018 Caribbean holiday.
The bodyguard denied the allegations in the first instance, as he testified for about two hours.
Earlier, the footballer’s ex-girlfriend told the court how he punched her, causing her to lose her breath for a moment during a heated argument during a luxury vacation.
The incident happened a few weeks after the World Cup in Russia, when Boateng was part of the German team that was knocked out in the group stage.
Tensions are said to be rising between the former couple, who did not agree on accommodation arrangements as Boating pursued a high-profile transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, which never materialized.
The Munich court heard how the debate over the game of cards began.
Giving evidence, Boating’s former partner described how he “pressed my eye with his thumb, cut off my head and pulled me to the floor with his hair.”
He said the boat, which is 1.90 meters (6 feet 2 inches) long, repeatedly insulted him and hit him on the back with “a strong punch and several light punches.” Then I held my breath for a moment. Lost. “
Boating and his ex-girlfriend are also embroiled in a legal dispute over the custody of their twin daughters, who currently live with the footballer.
He is the latest footballer to appear in a high profile court case.
Manchester City defender Benjamin Mandy is currently in custody in the UK ahead of a possible trial on rape and sexual assault charges.
The decision in Munich is the latest turbulent chapter of a tumultuous year for boating.
His ex-girlfriend, influential and model Cassia Lenhard, was found committing suicide in a Berlin flat in February while playing for Byron at the Club World Cup in Qatar.
Following the news of his death, he was allowed to fly home immediately.
Boating, 25, died six days after the affair ended. He then gave details of the break-up in a clear interview with the top German daily Bild.
After 363 appearances at Bayern Munich in 10 years, winning nine Bundesliga titles and two Champions League titles, the boating contract was not extended until June. He then joined Lyon.
He was a key part of the German team that won the fourth World Cup in Brazil, but has not played for his country since being dropped in March 2019 by former national team coach Joachim Loew.
Boateng is still hoping to add his 76 caps to Lloyd’s successor Hansi Falk, his former coach at Bayern Munich, who led the Bavarian giants to the 2019/20 title race.