World Cup-winning Germany defender Jerome Boateng appeared in court in Munich on Thursday morning to face allegations of assault on his ex-fiancée Sherin Senler.
Boateng, 33, is accused of causing dangerous bodily harm to Senler, who is the mother of his twin daughters, in an incident in 2018.
Wearing a navy suit in the dock alongside his lawyer Kai Walden, the former Manchester City and Bayern Munich defender appeared in court to face the allegations levelled against him.
If he is found guilty he could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.
Last year German newspaper Bild reported that Boateng, who now plays in France for Lyon, is alleged have 'thrown a small glass candle holder' at Senler while away on holiday.
His representatives have consistently maintained that the accusations are based on unproven claims from a third party, though details remain unknown. Boateng has denied all allegations against him.
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