Bayern Munich have fined Franck Ribery after the winger responded angrily on social media to those who criticised him for eating a gold-covered steak during the Bundesliga winter break.
Ribery received a backlash after footage was posted online of his visit to the Nusr-et restaurant in Dubai — owned by Nusret Gokce, known as “Salt Bae” — and the steak, covered in gold, which can cost in excess of £1,000.
The 35-year-old was criticised after the picture emerged but hit back on Instagram, saying on Saturday: “For 2019, let’s dot the i’s and cross the t’s… 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!”
Bayern responded on Sunday by confirming the former France international has been fined while sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, speaking at the club’s winter training camp in Doha, Qatar, added: “He has used words that we as FC Bayern Munich cannot accept and that Franck can never use as a role model, as a player of FC Bayern.
“Yesterday I talked to Franck for a long time and told him that he would get a heavy fine. He accepted this punishment. “
Ribery is expected to leave Bayern at the end of the season after 11 years with the club when his contract expires.