Ex-Germany player Metzelder gets suspended child pornography setence

Former Germany defender Christoph Metzelder was handed a 10-month suspended prison sentence by a Dusseldorf court on Thursday for distributing child pornography.

Metzelder, 40, admitted to a number of the prosecution’s charges at a district court, which helped end the original three-day trial on its opening day.

The ruling can be appealed.

Metzelder had been accused of possessing child and youth pornography and of forwarding 29 files to three women.

The court ruled that Metzelder forwarded 26 of the files. He was also punished for possession of 18 files.

Judge Astrid Stammerjohann spoke of a small number of criminal offences, but said that Metzelder had no criminal record and had undergone therapy.

“For me, he showed real remorse,” Stammerjohann said.

Metzelder won 47 Germany caps and was a runner-up at the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2008. He won the Spanish league with Real Madrid, the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund and the German Cup with Schalke.

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