Jérôme Boateng

As reported in multiple outlets, Lyon defender Jérôme Boateng appeal’s appeal hearing over an €1.8m fine and an 18-month suspended prison sentence following a domestic abuse trial has seen his sentence reduced to a €1.2m fine, with no prison sentence.

The German decided to appeal the initial ruling, which was handed down in September of last year, and was in attendance both last week and this Wednesday at the Munich high court. The public prosecutor had also appealed the decision.

Boateng was accused by his ex-girlfriend of hitting and throwing objects at her during a 2018 holiday in the Caribbean. The centre-back denied the accusations in court and claimed that it was her who had injured his lip after hitting him.

The World Cup winner joined Lyon last summer in a high-profile free transfer from Bayern Munich but has largely played a secondary role, making only three league appearances this campaign.

His manager Laurent Blanc has indicated that he has yet to bring up off-field controversies with the German veteran.

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