Football: Bayern winger Ribery in court over ex-agent's suit, case put off till January

Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery (left) leaves the courtroom after the court hearing on a case filed by his former agent Bruno Heiderscheid who is claiming 3.5 million euros from the French football star, on Dec 12, 2017 in the southern German city of M
Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery (left) leaves the courtroom after the court hearing on a case filed by his former agent Bruno Heiderscheid who is claiming 3.5 million euros from the French football star, on Dec 12, 2017 in the southern German city of Munich.

BERLIN (AFP) - Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery briefly appeared in court in Germany on Tuesday over claims that he owes €3.5 million (S$5.6 million) to his former agent, before the case was adjourned until January.

The 34-year-old is contesting claims over unpaid commission from his 2007 transfer from Marseille to Bayern, which cost €25 million.

A decision by Munich's district court has been postponed until Jan 16 because Ribery's former agent, Bruno Heiderscheid from Luxembourg, was unable to appear after his flight from Brussels was cancelled.

Heiderscheid claims the pair made a verbal agreement a decade ago, which was later put in writing.

This is not the first time Heiderscheid has taken the footballer to court.

In December 2015, Luxembourg's Court of Appeal ordered the Bayern forward to pay Heiderscheid €1.6 million, plus legal fees, for a breach of contract over the 2007 deal.

Ribery is out of contract at Bayern in June, but has just returned from a knee injury.

The former France international played in last Tuesday's 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and Saturday's 1-0 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.