Former Germany and Bayern Munich football player Jerome Boateng has been found guilty of domestic violence against his former partner and ordered to pay her €1.8 million.
It was the highest possible financial damages that could be imposed by the Munich District Court.
The public prosecutor had been looking for a suspended jail sentence of one and a half years and a fine of €1.5 million.
Prosecutor Stefanie Eckert told the court that Boateng’s former partner Sherin Senler was a “victim of domestic violence” but also that Boateng was a “victim of their mutually toxic relationship”.
The 33-year-old footballer, who had denied the allegations of abuse, reacted calmly to the court’s decision. He can appeal against the ruling.
Boateng had earlier denied hitting and injuring Senler in July 2018 when they were on vacation in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
He was charged with allegations of wilful bodily harm and verbal abuse against Senler, the mother of their two children.
According to the indictment, Boateng beat her, boxed her, bit her head, threw her on the ground and insulted her.
The public prosecutors’ office also accused Boateng of throwing a glass lantern and cooling bag at his partner.
Boateng suggested Senler was bringing this case against him to boost her chances of success in a dispute over their children’s custody. Senler rejected the suggestion.
Boateng no longer plays for Bayern after the club declined to extend his contract at the end of last season. He has signed for French team Lyon.