Ex-Germany defender Metzelder to face child pornography trial

Christoph Metzelder Source: AAP

Former Germany and Real Madrid defender Christoph Metzelder will stand trial in April on child pornography charges.

The Dusseldorf District Court on Monday said it was proceeding with a case brought against the 40-year-old Metzelder.

He faces 29 charges of attempted distribution of child pornography to another person, and one charge of the possession of child and youth pornography.

The court said Metzelder contests the allegations.

The main hearing will begin on April 29 at the Dusseldorf District and Regional Court, with follow-up dates set for May 4 and May 10.

The trial will take place amid strict hygiene measures against the coronavirus.

Metzelder enjoyed a successful playing career with Preussen Munster, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Schalke.

He made 47 appearances for Germany, helping it to second place finishes at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and EURO 2008. After retirement, Metzelder worked briefly as a pundit for broadcaster ARD.

Metzelder stepped down as president of hometown club TuS Haltern in September 2019 when the allegations against him were first made public. He denies the charges.

Source AAP