Tuesday September 21, 2021

Court finds ex Bayern star Boateng guilty of assault

Published : 10 Sep 2021, 23:00

Updated : 10 Sep 2021, 23:02

  By Britta Schultejans, dpa

A Munich court has found former Germany and Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng guilty of assaulting a former partner three years ago. Photo: Britta Schultejans/dpa.

A Munich court has found former Germany and Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng guilty of assaulting a former partner three years ago.

The Munich District Court on Thursday sentenced him to a total fine of 1.8 million euros , in 30 daily sentences.

Boateng, 33, was charged with grievous bodily harm and verbal abuse.

He denied the allegations, telling the District Court that he did not hit and injure the woman during a 2018 Caribbean holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands. His lawyer called for him to be acquitted.

The player said the woman, who is the mother of their two children, became aggressive and injured his lip after a card game. He said she fell when he tried to push her away.

Boateng said the dispute was about how to organize the future as he appeared set to leave Munich for Paris Saint-Germain, and that things were back to normal the next day.

Prosecutors said he insulted and beat the woman, bit her in the head and threw her to the ground, and threw a lantern and a cooling bag at her. They called for a one-and-a-half year suspended sentence and a 1.5-million-euro fine.

The court found that she had been punched in the face. Public prosecutor Stefanie Eckert described the woman as a "victim of domestic violence," but said she had not been the only victim, and that Boateng was also "a victim of their shared toxic relationship."

Boateng, who appeared in court with a dark suit and white shirt, was calm as the verdict was read.

The judgement is not yet legally binding.

The move to PSG never happened but Boateng has now signed for another French club, Olympique Lyon.