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Bayern fine Ribery over foul-mouthed Twitter outburst


Franck Ribery with the gold-coated steak

Franck Ribery with the gold-coated steak

Franck Ribery with the gold-coated steak

Bayern Munich are to impose "a heavy fine" on Franck Ribery for his obscenity-laced outburst on social media.

The French striker put a string of angry posts on Twitter and Instagram on Saturday aimed at those who had criticised him for eating a gold-coated €1,000 steak.

"I had a long talk with Franck and I let him know that we would impose a heavy fine on him and he accepted it," said Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.

"He used words that we, FC Bayern, cannot accept and that Franck does not have the right to use, as a role-model and player of FC Bayern."

Ribery (35) posted a video on social media last Thursday showing him in a steak house owned by celebrity Turkish restaurateur Salt Bae and rubbing his hands before tucking into a huge chop coated in gold.

That ostentatious luxury, and the reported cost of the meal, drew ferocious criticism before Ribery - who earns an estimated €9m a year with the German champions - hit back.

"Let's start with the envious, the angry, surely born because of a broken condom," read the first of the posts on Ribery's Twitter account. "F*** your mothers, your grandmothers and your whole family tree."

He followed that up with: "I owe you nothing. My success is thanks to God, myself and my family and friends who believed in me.

"The others were always merely stones in my shoes."

Salihamidzic made clear that Ribery did not pay the bill himself because he had been invited to the restaurant. He also acknowledged that the player had been responding to a flurry of insults.

"Franck has been slandered and insulted," said Salihamidzic. "And not only Franck, but his pregnant wife, his child and his mother, who is currently in hospital for an operation.

"Franck wanted to defend himself and defend his family. He has the right to do that, but unfortunately he totally lost control."

Irish Independent