Bayern Munich have fined Franck Ribery following his foul-mouthed response to criticism for eating a 1,200-euro steak at a plush Dubai restaurant.
The Frenchman had visited Nusret Gokce, better known as ‘Salt Bae’, eating a gold-covered Tomahawk steak, while on holiday in the desert city.
Such opulence sparked widespread condemnation, but Ribery‘s response on Twitter was extraordinary.
“For 2019, let’s dot the i’s and cross the t’s…,” it began.
“Let’s start with the jealous, the haters, those only born because a condom had a hole in: f*** your mothers, your grandmothers and even your family tree. I owe you nothing.
“My success is, above all, thanks to God, me, and my loved ones who believed in me.
“For the others, you’re nothing but pebbles in my socks!”
Ribery and hisBayernteammates are now in Qatar, a major club sponsor, for the German champions’ customary warm winter training break.
In a statement on its website on Sunday, Bayern announced it had fined Ribery for his outburst.
Sports director Hasan Salihamidzic said the player had “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.”
Bayern partly defended Ribery for eating the steak, pointing out it was part of an advertising campaign and that the Frenchman had not paid 1,200 euros for the dish.
The club said Ribery had been savagely attacked and publicly “stood up for his family and fought back”, but in a manner not approved of by Bayern.
Prior to the Bayern fine, Ribery had critiqued those in the media industry.
“In addition, in reference to the pseudo-journalists that have always written negative articles about me,” his message began.
“My actions (last example, the price of what I eat), when I make donations (because I have been taught to give when I receive a lot), why no national media attention?
“No, you prefer to scrutinise my actions and gestures.
“Oh yes, for that superficial stuff you are always there.”
The well-known French journalist Audry Pulvar then decided to write about Ribery on Twitter.
“Mr. Ribery, if you don’t know what to do with your money, there are many causes that need your financial support around the whole world,” Pulvar‘s Tweet read.
In response, Ribery replied with a message and a photo of an interview that Pulvar had done with the headline: ‘I do what I want with my money’.
“To put an end to this controversy that has no reason,” Ribery‘s third message commenced.
“I am putting a headline of Audry Pulvar, or the woman, ‘I do what I want with my money, with glasses costing 3,000 euros from tortoise shell’.
“I hope that they can see a better professional than that of the pseudo-journalist that you are.”
Relating to footballing matters, Bayern do not restart Bundesliga action until January 18 when they visit Hoffenheim.
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