German 2014 World Cup winner and former Bayern Munich Defender Jerome Boateng appeared in court in Munich on Thursday to answer allegations he assaulted the mother of his twin daughters in 2018.
The 33-year-old who just signed a 2 year deal with French side, Lyon as a free agent, walked into Munich regional court just before 1000 local time (0800GMT).
After 10 successful years at Bayern Munich, the centre-back signed a two-year deal to join French Ligue 1 side, Lyon, last week on a free transfer but is back in Munich to face the allegations in court.
Boateng denies claims he injured his ex-girlfriend, named Sherin S., during a heated argument while the pair were on holiday with their daughters three years ago.
A verdict is expected to be returned later today and if found guilty, Boateng could be fined or jailed for up to five years.
The original date for the hearing was postponed last December because a witness was unable to appear due to the Covid-19 virus.
Boateng has millions of followers on social media platforms.
He and Sherin S. are locked in a separate ongoing legal battle over custody of their twins.
He was a key part of the Germany squad which won a fourth World Cup crown in Brazil but has not played for his country since being axed by former German coach Joachim Loew in March 2019.
However, Boateng still hopes to add to his 73 international appearances under Loew’s successor Hansi Flick, his former coach at Bayern Munich, who masterminded the Bavarian giants claiming a treble of titles in 2019/20.
The son of a German mother and Ghanaian father, he found himself at the centre of a debate over integration when he was attacked for his skin colour by the leader of Germany’s far-right party in 2016.
Germany’s leader Angela Merkel got involved and invited Boateng to an event at the chancellery, where she made a point of telling Boateng’s father, who was also there, “You have a great son, you can be proud”.