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Rumours - Ribery and Govou hit by sex scandal

Published: 21 Apr 2010 - 06:44:53

It's the last thing Bayern Munich needed on the eve of their Champions League semi-final with Lyon - star player Franck Ribery embroiled in a sex scandal involving under-age prostitutes.

And Lyon aren't safe either, because winger Sidney Govou is wrapped up in the story too.

Ribery and fellow French international team-mate Govou have been questioned in relation to claims a Paris nightclub they visited employed prostitutes under the age of 18.

Although officials and the players' agents confirm they are acting purely as "witnesses", some reports are suggesting one of the pair has admitted to having sexual relations with a prostitute from Morocco, but denied knowing she was under-age. The Guardian report that "unnamed judicial sources" have confirmed Ribery is the player in question.

In France, soliciting sex with a minor carries a three-year jail sentence, and it is no surprise to see this story splashed all over the back pages of Europe.

Ribery, who is married with two children, is expected to start for Munich tonight.

And as the scandal escalates, there are also reports Real Madrid star Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa of Marseille will be questioned.

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Dimitar Berbatov could be on his way to AC Milan, with The Sun quoting a price of £20 million.

The Manchester United striker has struggled to impress at Old Trafford this season, and it thought keen to make a fresh start.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports Liverpool are planning an audacious bid for Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar.

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