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Ribery loses appeal after book ‘scum’ slur

Paris (AFP) – Former France international footballer Franck Ribery on Thursday lost an appeal against the author of a book in which he was described as “scum”. A Paris appeals court upheld the original judgement from last January but overturned a 5,000 euro fine against the 32-year-old footballer for abusive proceedings. In his 2013 book ‘Racaille Football Club’ (Scum Football Club) about French football, journalist Daniel Riolo examined the disenchantment of the French public with their national team.
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