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Kevin-Prince wants ‘nothing to do’ with half-brother Boateng after being found guilty of assault

Kevin Prince Boateng and Jerome Boateng

Kevin-Prince Boateng has criticised his half-brother Jerome after the defender was found guilty of assaulting his former partner.

The centre-back, who joined Lyon this summer after leaving Bayern Munich, was ordered to pay a €1.8 million fine after being convicted on Thursday.

Boateng avoided a possible prison term for the incident which took place in 2018, but the prosecution has said they will consider appealing the judge’s ruling as they hoped for a suspended sentence instead of a mere fine.

Kevin-Prince says his relationship with Jerome, who has the same father but a different mother broke down well before the latter’s conviction.

“I’ve distanced myself from Jerome for a long time,” the Hertha Berlin player said to  Bild.

“I value and respect German law. I abhor violence against women.

“I don’t identify with my brother’s actions and that’s why I no longer have anything to do with him.”

The Germany international signed for Lyon in a free transfer during the summer window and is yet to make his first appearance for the club.

Coach Peter Bosz refused to comment on the 33-year-old’s legal situation but says there is a chance he could debut on Sunday when they take on Strasbourg.

“I’m a coach, it’s his private life, I don’t want to say anything about it,” he told reporters.

“Jerome did not train collectively for three months, even if he worked with a trainer, and the team training is always different.

“Xherdan Shaqiri is a little further ahead. We’ll see on Sunday, there are a lot of uncertainties for the starting XI,” he said.

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