Incoming Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has lodged an appeal against a penalty order for forgery.
The 22-year-old Red Bull Leipzig man has reportedly twice tried to use forged Guinean driving licences to obtain a German licence.
The documents from the African nation were apparently so badly forged that officials became suspicious and handed them to police and both documents were identified as “complete forgeries,” a court official told Bild.
A Leipzig district court spokesman told ESPN that Keita, who will arrive at Liverpool next summer, has had a penalty order imposed on him.
A report in Bild claimed Keita had been told to pay €415,000. The report said Keita had been served with a penalty order of 50 daily fines in lieu of prison time.
The fines in Germany are calculated in relation to income, with the court assuming that Keita has a net income of €3million per year.
“Yes, there is a penalty order against Mr Keita for forgery,” said court spokesman Stefan Blaschke.
“It’s a six-figure number, but I can’t confirm or deny today’s report in Bild Zeitung since an appeal has been lodged.”
Keita’s appeal is set to lead to a case at Leipzig’s district court in 2018.
Leipzig press officer Florian Scholz claimed in a statement over the weekend that the club were aware of the matter.
“We know about this. After detailed discussions, we’re not assuming this is a forgery matter,” Scholz said in the press release.
“Naby’s lawyer is involved and is waiting for access to the records.”