Monday, May 3, 2010

Bayern's Ribery breaks silence over sex scandal

Bayern Munich player Franck Ribery has addressed the media storm raging around him about an underage prostitute. The 27-year-old Frenchman admitted to relations with the call girl, but said he didn't know she was so young.

"It hurt my family, above all those close to me. That's all I want to say," he told the French sports programme "Orange Sport" on Saturday night, after his club's 3-1 win over Bochum.

The soccer star, a married man with two children, has been at the centre of scandal ever since a human trafficking case broke last month in which Ribery and his teammate on the French national team, Sidney Govou, were called as witnesses.

Ribery admitted to having sex with the prostitute, Zahia Dehar, but said he did not know she was underage.

Now a judge will decide whether or not to bring charges against him. If charged and found guilty, Ribery could face three years in prison and a €45,000 fine.

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