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Munich prosecutors consider appealing Boateng verdict

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(FILES) This file photo taken on September 1, 2021 shows Olympique de Lyon (OL) French L1 football club’s new recruit German defender Jerome Boateng during his official presentation at the Groupama Stadium in Decines-Charpieu near Lyon, southeastern France. – German 2014 World Cup winner Jerome Boateng is expected to appear in court in Munich on Thursday, September 9, 2021, to answer accusations he assaulted the mother of his twin daughters in 2018. (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD / AFP)

Munich prosecutors are considering whether to appeal the verdict against Germany defender Jerome Boateng, who was fined 1.8 million euros ($2 million) after being found guilty of assault.

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The 33-year-old former Bayern Munich star signed for French club Lyon last week.

He was sentenced in Munich regional court on Thursday for assaulting and insulting his former girlfriend in July 2018 while on holiday with their twin daughters.

The prosecutor had previously asked the court to give Boateng a suspended 18-month prison sentence and a fine of 1.5 million euros, but the 2014 World Cup winner avoided a custodial sentence.

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Senior public prosecutor Anne Leiding on Friday confirmed to AFP that they are “considering whether to appeal the ruling”.

In court on Thursday, Boateng’s former girlfriend, named as Sherin Senler, described how he had “pressed against my eye with his thumb, bit me in the head and pulled me to the floor by my hair.”

Boateng, who in court denied his former partner’s claims that he punched and insulted her, can also appeal the verdict.

He has not played for Gemany since being axed by former head coach Joachim Loew in March 2019.

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