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France using Ribery as 'scapegoat,' Bayern Munich boss says

AFP · 22 Jul 2010, 13:37

Published: 22 Jul 2010 13:37 GMT+02:00

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"I think the whole story is politically motivated because of France's poor performance in the World Cup. Ribery is being made a scapegoat," Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told the German daily Bild. "We are very worried about the outcome of the case."

Ribery, 27, was hauled in for seven hours of questioning by Paris magistrates on Wednesday. He was charged with having sex with an under-age prostitute and then released.

Ribery's French international teammate Karim Benzema, 22, was also detained for questioning and justice officials said he too was likely to face charges over his alleged relations with the same teenage call girl.

The magistrate's indictment is the first stage of a judicial investigation that could lead to a trial and, if convicted, Ribery and Benzema face three years in jail and a fine of €45,000.

Ribery has never denied paying for sex with Zahia Dehar, now 18, but his lawyer told reporters that the player had had no idea in 2008 that she was under-age.

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The married mid-fielder failed to score in France's ill-fated campaign in the World Cup in South Africa, won by Spain earlier this month. France, which took the title in 1998, were eliminated in the group stage.

He is a highly valued member of Bundesliga champions Bayern, although last season he was plagued with injury and was suspended for its Champions League final defeat to Inter Milan after a red card in the semi-final first leg.

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10:47 July 23, 2010 by JohnnesKönig
looks to me like it was more profitable to haul him... fine of €45,000!!!

And the little whore is still on the streets! I am not defending Ribery or condemning the girl, but I don't see them acting in the name of justice! Govt opportunity to make some cash! Do they really care about the girl?
12:39 July 23, 2010 by auniquecorn
Hey, He needs to do like Polaski did, Run to France, oh wait he is in france,,,? He should´nt of lost the WC.
14:32 July 30, 2010 by Essertpitay
Francky boy has been very naughty...I am surprised by Rummenigge's stance. Ribery is trouble, He will never repay the loyalty the Bayern has shown to him. By Christmas He will be complaining (again) that He is not getting his way and will act (again) as the spoilt-brat that He is !
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