Published: Sun, January 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Bayern fines Ribery for offense after gold-leaf steak furor

Bayern fines Ribery for offense after gold-leaf steak furor

Bayern Munich has handed French footballer Franck Ribery a "heavy fine" for his profanity-laced response after he was criticized for eating a golden-coated steak, club sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said on Sunday.

On Thursday, the 35-year-old France and Bayern Munich star had posted a video of a visit to a steak house owned by celebrity Turkish restauranteur Nusret Gokce, nicknamed Salt Bae, and rubbing his hands before tucking into a huge chop coated in gold.

That ostentatious luxury drew ferocious criticism before Ribery - who earns an estimated eight million euros a year with the German champions - hit back.

Bayern responded on Sunday by confirming the former France global has been fined while sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, speaking at the club's winter training camp in Doha, Qatar, added: "He has used words that we as FC Bayern Munich cannot accept and that Franck can never use as a role model, as a player of FC Bayern".

Following a social media storm of criticism, he wrote several outraged posts on Twitter and Instagram. "And not only Franck, but his pregnant wife, his child and his mother, who is now in hospital for an operation".

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"He used words that we as Bayern Munich can not accept and that Franck as a role model, as a player of Bayern, should never use". I support him in that, but unfortunately he totally lost control'.

In the posts, the French forward attacked the "envious" and "haters" who he said were "surely born because of a broken condom". F**k your mothers, your grandmothers and your family tree as well. My success is above all thanks to God, thanks to myself and thanks to my loved ones, who believed in me. I owe you nothing.

Later Saturday, Bayern said that while they did not condone Ribery's words, the issue was a "private matter".

He continued: "Next, about those pseudo-journalists, who have always been critical of me and my actions (the latest example being the price of what I eat): when I give - because I was taught to give when I receive a lot - why do the national media not discuss this? Oh yes, you are here for this type of futility".

The winfer, who is entering the final few months of his contract at Bayern, is now with the team at their winter training camp in Qatar.

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