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Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery taken to court by ex-agent

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has been taken to court by his former agent over claims that he owes 3.5 million euros ($4.1m).

football Updated: Dec 12, 2017 19:34 IST
Bayern Munich's midfielder Franck Ribery (L) and his lawyer Gerhard Riedl arrive at court over a case filed by his former agent Bruno Heiderscheid on Tuesday.
Bayern Munich's midfielder Franck Ribery (L) and his lawyer Gerhard Riedl arrive at court over a case filed by his former agent Bruno Heiderscheid on Tuesday.(AFP)

Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery briefly appeared in court in Germany on Tuesday over claims he owes 3.5 million euros ($4.1m) to his ex-agent before the case was adjourned until January.

The 34-year-old is contesting claims over unpaid commission from his 2007 transfer from Marseille to Bayern, which cost 25 million euros.

A decision by Munich’s district court has been postponed until January 16 because Ribery’s former agent, Bruno Heiderscheid from Luxembourg, was unable to appear after his flight from Brussels was cancelled.

Heiderscheid claims the pair made a verbal agreement a decade ago, which was later put in writing.

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This is not the first time Heiderscheid has taken the footballer to court.

In December 2015, Luxembourg’s Court of Appeal ordered the Bayern forward to pay Heiderscheid 1.6 million euros, plus legal fees, for a breach of contract over the 2007 deal.

Ribery is out of contract at Bayern in June, but has just returned from a knee injury.

He played in last Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.