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Christoph Metzelder, a former German footballer, has been sentenced to a 10-month suspended term for possessing child pornography.

As his trial began on Thursday at Düsseldorf District Court, the 40-year-old confessed to the majority of the public prosecutor’s charges.

Mr Metzelder was accused of having child and youth pornography in his possession, as well as sending 29 files to three women.

Since he confessed to 26 of those cases, the court considered the case proved on the first day.

According to the news agency DPA, he was also found guilty of one charge of possession.

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According to dpa, the prosecutor informed the court that Mr Metzelder submitted images of sexual harassment of girls under the age of ten in August 2019.

Mr Metzelder played for Preußen Münster, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, and Schalke throughout his playing career.

He played 47 times for Germany, assisting on second-place finishes in the 2002 World Cup and the 2008 European Championship.

Mr Metzelder briefly served as a pundit for the German broadcaster ARD after his retirement.

When the charges against Mr Metzelder were made public in September 2019, he resigned as president of his hometown club TuS Haltern. Initially, he refuted the allegations.

It is possible to appeal the sentence.

The court had set May 4 and 10 as follow-up dates for the trial.

It took place in the midst of coronavirus-prevention initiatives.

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