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Former Real Madrid footballer Christoph Metzelder is to go on trial for alleged possession of child pornography.
Metzelder has been charged with 29 cases of distributing child pornography, according to a Dusseldorf court.
A statement from the court says that one female witness is alleged to have received 10 child pornographic pictures from Metzelder, while another is alleged to have received 16 images and two videos.
A third female witness is alleged to have received one child pornographic image, the district court press adds.
All pictures and videos are alleged to have been distributed via Metzelder's own WhatsApp account.
The court's statement also indicated that almost 300 media files with child pornographic content were discovered on Metzelder's confiscated mobile phone.
Criminal proceedings first began against the former international footballer back in August 2019 after a tip-off from German newspaper, Bild.
The main hearing is scheduled to take place on April 29.
Metzelder's lawyers have denied all of the allegations.
Metzelder began his footballing career with SC Preussen Munster in 1999.
He joined Borussia Dortmund in 2000 and featured 126 times for the Bundesliga club before earning a move to Real Madrid.
His time at the Bernabeu wasn't as successful as it might've been and he only made 23 appearances for the Galacticos before leaving the club in 2010.
After a short stint at Schalke, Metzelder retired from football with TuS Haltern, where he was also president, before standing down due to the ongoing allegations.
Metzelder was also an accomplished international star and turned out on 47 occasions for the German National Team.
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