German footballer Jerome Boateng found guilty of domestic violence, fined €1.8m


By Mukwuzi Joseph

Jerome Boateng, the former Germany and Bayern Munich defender, was found guilty of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend, said a spokesperson for a court in Munich on Thursday.

He was also ordered to pay his former partner €1.8 million (£1.5 million), the highest possible financial damages that the Munich District Court could impose.

The public prosecutor had been looking for a suspended jail sentence of one and a half years and a fine of €1.8 million euros.

Prosecutor Stefanie Eckert told the court that Sherin Senler, Boateng’s former partner, was a “victim of domestic violence”. She also said that Boateng was a “victim of their mutually toxic relationship”.

Boateng had denied the allegations of abuse. He can appeal the ruling.

He had previously denied hitting and injuring Senler during a dispute oh holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands in July 2018.

The 33-year-old was charged with allegations of wilful bodily harm and verbal abuse against Senler, the mother of their two children.

The 2014 World Cup winner signed a two-year contract for Ligue 1 side Lyon last week following his release from Bayern Munich in the summer.

He spent 10 years at the Bundesliga club and is one of Bayern’s most decorated players, having won the treble in the 2012–13 and 2019–20 seasons.

The 33-year-old has 76 caps for Germany and in 2019 former national team head coach Joachim Low said he had no plans to call up Boateng in the future.

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