Bayern Munich and France defender Lucas Hernandez faces up to a year in prison after a court in Madrid ruled he violated a restraining order that was issued over a physical altercation between he and his girlfriend in the Spanish capital in February 2017.
Hernandez was an Atletico Madrid player at the time and both he and his partner, Amelia Lorente, were arrested and detained at the time as each suffered injuries during the incident.
It was reported in Spain at the time that prosecutors had requested a seven-month jail sentence for him and a six-month jail sentence for her. Instead, each was hit with 31 days of community service and ordered not communicate by any means for a period of six months – a restraining order.
The pair then travelled to Miami together only four months later and were intercepted by authorities on their return to Madrid. Hernandez was arrested and later released, but while Lorente identified, she was not detained as AS reports the court had not notified her of the restraining order.
In 2018, prosecutors requested a year-long sentence for Hernandez and AS now explains that the 35th Criminal Court of Madrid has upheld that request. One appeal has already been rejected on account of the footballer not competing his initial 31 days of community service.
Prison is not the result of the original incident, but for disobeying the orders of a judge.
Hernandez, who was born in France but grew up in Madrid, must return to the city on 19 October to choose where he will serve his sentence. But his legal team has filed another appeal that the court will consider. Even if his appeal is successful, he could yet serve a few days while it is reviewed.
Hernandez joined Bayern Munich for €80m in 2019 but AS reports the German club was unaware of the details of the ongoing legal proceedings until earlier this month.