Liverpool-bound Naby Keita has been hit with a “six-figure” fine for allegedly using a forged driving licence.
German daily Bild quote the figure of 415,000 euros (£365,000), due to calculations based on Keita’s daily salary, and Leipzig’s district court would only confirm to SID, an AFP subsidiary, that the fine is a “six-figure sum”.
The 22-year-old, who will join Liverpool for the 2018/19 season, has lodged an appeal against the penalty and should the matter now go to court, the case is likely to be heard in 2018.
Prosecutors in Leipzig accuse Keita of forgery after he allegedly tried to use fake Guinea driving documents to obtain a German licence last December, then again in January.
Staff at Leipzig’s licensing centre became suspicious and handed the documents to police. Forgery experts identified the papers as “total counterfeits”, according to Leipzig’s district court.
However, a spokesman for Keita’s club RB Leipzig said that “after detailed discussions with the player, we don’t assume this is a forgery matter”.