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Jan 24, 2014

Lewandowski denies assault allegation

A teenager has pressed charges against Robert Lewandowski after the Borussia Dortmund star allegedly slapped him in the face.

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Lewandowski, who will move to Bayern Munich in the summer, has denied the 17-year-old's allegation and is being backed by Dortmund.

According to mostly corresponding media reports, Lewandowski was insulted by a group of teenagers "in words and gestures" while in his car with his wife close to his Dortmund home.

The teenager, a Dortmund supporter, told German tabloid Bild that Lewandowski stormed towards him "like a raging bull" and slapped him in the face. Dortmund police confirmed that he had decided to press charges against the player.

Lewandowski used his Facebook page to stress that he had "used no violence against persons who invaded my privacy."

Dortmund said the player got out of his car, put his hand on the teenager's shoulder and asked him: "Why are you doing that (insulting him)?

They said the teenager answered: "Because you make so much money and because you are joining Bayern." Lewandowski then told the teenager this was not the way to behave and got back into his car.

"I've spoken to Robert. I believe him. He has been insulted in an unacceptable manner -- we are on his side," Dortmund CEO Aki Watzke told local paper Ruhr Nachrichten.

Following the announcement of his move to Bayern, Lewandowski's agent Maik Barthel said he was considering hiring personal security for the last few months of his Dortmund contract.

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