Cristoph Metzelder, a former Real Madrid defender and Germany international, has admitted to sharing 18 files containing child and youth pornography on the internet and apologized.
According to Diario AS, he also pleaded partially guilty to possessing the 18 files, but not guilty to the 300 files alleged by the German prosecutor’s office.
The disturbing images are said to be related to child pornography, with one child allegedly sexually abused.
The Administrative Court of Düsseldorf (West) imposed a probationary period of 10 to 12 months for Metzelder’s confession.
Metzelder is reported as saying: “I will accept the sentence and I apologize to the victims of sexual violence. I will bear all my life with the guilt of having caused this evil to society.”
The 40-year-old was making his first appearance in court in connection with the charges.
Metzelder, a former high-level central defender, has been charged with having 297 indecent images of children and sending them to three different women via WhatsApp between July and September last year, while he is also accused of requesting images 29 times.
According to Marca, authorities seized the German’s laptop in September, and new allegations have surfaced since then, leading up to this ongoing court case.
Between 2007 and 2010, Metzelder made 31 appearances for Real Madrid.
Source: Football Espana