Bayern Munich has confirmed that winger Franck Ribery has been fined following an expletive-laden outburst on Twitter.
During his holiday in Dubai, Ribery was invited to try a special steak made by celebrity Chef 'Salt Bae'. The steak was covered in gold, and Ribery was viciously criticised by fans online for spending so much money on the meal. The Frenchman then responded to the abuse, unleashing an explicit rant towards the accusations.
In a statement published on their official website, Bayern confirmed that Ribery had been fined for his behaviour. The post states: "FC Bayern Munich has fined Franck Ribery for his choice of words used on social platforms.
"The decision was revealed by sports director Hasan Salihamidzic at the training camp in Doha today, who said that the player 'used words which we as FC Bayern Munich cannot accept and which Franck as a role model, as a player of FC Bayern, must never use.
"I spoke to Franck for a long time yesterday and told him he would receive a hefty fine. He has accepted this punishment.'"
Salihamidzic's statement was reported on in more detail by the Daily Telegraph, who quote the director as saying: "Franck has been slandered and insulted. And not only Franck, but his pregnant wife, his child and his mother, who is currently in hospital for an operation.
"Franck wanted to defend himself and defend his family. He has the right to do that. I support him in that, but unfortunately he totally lost control."
35-year-old Ribery will be out of contract with Bayern at the end of the season and is widely expected to leave the club next summer. Despite this, he has made 22 appearances in all competitions this season, racking up five goals and an assist.