Dembele fined for leaving rented home ‘like a dustbin’
Berlin, Germany: A German court fined Barcelona striker Ousmane Dembele 10,000 euros ($11,200) on Monday for vacating the house he rented when at Borussia Dortmund littered with rubbish.
"The house was a dustbin," Dembele's landlord Gerd Weissenberg told German newspaper Bild.
Rubbish "was in every room", he added.
French World Cup winner Dembele, 21, joined Dortmund from Rennes in 2016, leaving for Barcelona a year later on a 105 million-euro ($124 million) transfer.
The fine, which includes rent arrears, was less than half the 21,000 euros originally sought by house owner Weissenberg.
"Of course Mr Dembele earns lots of money but he also has the right to be treated correctly," the player's lawyer Horst Kletke noted.
"We've made big strides today (with the reduced fine verdict)."
The court ruling came on the day Dembele was named in Barcelona's squad for Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg with Manchester United.