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Dec 20, 2013

Ribery fails to halt book sales

Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery has been unsuccessful in his attempt to stop the sale of a book titled "La face cachee de Franck Ribery" ["The hidden face of Franck Ribery"].

Franck Ribery had initially been favourite to claim the Ballon d'Or.
Ribery is a key man for Bayern Munich.

A court in Paris has halted proceedings against the authors of the book, which covers Ribery's alleged affair with an underage prostitute in 2009.

According to media reports in Germany, the court had already delivered the verdict on Dec. 6.

Ribery's lawyer, Carlo Brusa, told AFP that the Ballon d'Or candidate will appeal against the judgement.

The book had been published amid ongoing investigations related to Ribery and his France teammate Karim Benzema, which will be taken to court on Jan. 20, 2014.

Ribery and Benzema allegedly met Zahia Defar, then a prostitute, in a Champs-Elysees nightclub in 2009 before engaging in sexual relations with her when she was under 18.

The Frenchman are two of eight defendants. They could be sentenced to three years in prison and fines of 45,000 euros if found guilty.

Both Ribery and Benzema deny the allegations, while Defar has said neither player knew she was not 18 at the time.

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