Berlin - Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery briefly appeared in court in Germany
on Tuesday over claims he owes €3.5 million to his
ex-agent before the case was adjourned until January.
34-year-old is contesting claims over unpaid commission from his 2007
transfer from Marseille to Bayern, which cost €25 million.
decision by Munich's district court has been postponed until January 16
because Ribery's former agent, Bruno Heiderscheid from Luxembourg, was
unable to appear after his flight from Brussels was cancelled.
Heiderscheid claims the pair made a verbal agreement a decade ago, which was later put in writing.
document, signed by the footballer, was presented to the court, but
Ribery claims Heiderscheid forged his signature which experts will try
"I have never seen this document before," Ribery told
the German news agency DPA, adding that he had "never had a discussion
on this topic with Mr Heiderscheid".
Ribery's lawyer said he has
already had the document analysed and is confident it is a forgery,
however, Heiderscheid is equally confident it is genuine.
very calm about the decision which will be made. He (Ribery) will have
to deal with all the consequences," Heiderscheid told AFP.
This is not the first time Heiderscheid has taken the footballer to court.
December 2015, Luxembourg's Court of Appeal ordered the Bayern forward
to pay Heiderscheid €1.6 million, plus legal fees, for a breach of
contract over the 2007 deal.
Ribery is out of contract at Bayern in June and has just returned from a knee injury.
played in last Tuesday's 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the
Champions League and Saturday's 1-0 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt in