A 10-month suspended prison sentence has been given to Former Germany defender Christoph Metzelder on Thursday.

A court in Düsseldorf revealed that Metzelder was found guilty of sharing pictures of child pornography with acquaintances through a message service.

After an investigation that started in 2019, the court found Metzelder guilty of the offense. Meanwhile, the former player admitting earlier on Thursday to sharing files on WhatsApp.

Metzelder who made comments in the court said, “I sent these pictures even though I know what unspeakable suffering towards kids in each of these files there is,”

“I leave a wound that will never heal. I have to live with that for the rest of my life,” he said. “I accept the sentence.”

On his sports profile, Metzelder, a Bundesliga champion with Borussia Dortmund, also played for Schalke 04 and Real Madrid. He was a World Cup runner-up in 2002 and won 47 caps for his country. He also played in the 2006 World Cup.

Metzelder was president of his boyhood club TuS Haltern until stepping down in 2019 due to the case. He worked on many social projects with children through his now defunct foundation.