The former Bayern defender, today at the Olympique Lyon, was denounced for domestic violence three years ago by the mother of his children and this Thursday there is a trial.
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The defense of the Olympique Lyonnais , Jérome Boateng , will appear in court in Munich on Thursday to address domestic violence against the mother of his two sons, events dating back to 2018.
The former Bayern player, whose public aura goes far beyond football, is expected to be at the hearing in person, according to his lawyer. Her ex-partner accuses her of hurting her during a violent argument three years ago while on vacation. The maximum penalty for acts of this nature is five years in prison. A judgment could be issued as of Thursday.
One of the indirect issues of the trial could also be the custody of his two twins, which is the subject of a separate procedure. Thursday's hearing, first scheduled last December, was postponed due to the absence of a witness suffering from Covid-19.
World champion with Germany in 2014, Boateng has at 33 years million subscribers on social networks: an advertising icon, his name is a brand with which he also promotes his own clothing lines.
This son of a German and a Ghanaian is also a figure of diversity in Germany, invited to the chancellery by Angela Merkel after being attacked for the colour of his skin by a far-right leader in 2016.
So much so that his Bayern coach Karl-Heinz Rummenigge asked him a few months later to "come down to earth" to better focus on his athletic performance.
But with Thursday's trial approaching, the player's private life has also become the subject of sometimes vigorous discussions on social media, and is provoking in the press.
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