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Thursday, April 14, 2005

This could break Rooney

Footballer fined £60k for 'asshole' jibe

A German football star has been fined £60,000 for calling a policeman an "asshole".
Stefan Effenberg, 36, was stopped for speeding on the way back from a match in February 2003.
The policemen reported the midfielder for insulting an officer, claiming he called one of them an "arsehole" before driving off.Effenberg claims that he said "have a nice evening",
A Lower Saxony court ordered him to pay a £68,000 fine in November 2003 but he appealed against the decision.The appeal court confirmed the earlier verdict but reduced the fine by only £8,000.
Speaking after the verdict, Effenberg told Bild: "This has got to be a joke. You know me, if I had said asshole, I would stand by it."

Does he mean the policeman or the statement? I mean its not easy to differentiate between 'Arsehole' and 'Have a nice evening' when spoken in slurred German as we all know from. However if this were applied to Wayne Rooney on or off the pitch an fined £60k for each swear word, he'd be bankrupt in about 4 minutes


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