Defender Jérôme Boateng will not take part in Bayern Munich’s match in the final of the Club World Cup in Qatar against Mexicans de Tigres. The German defender was allowed to return to Germany after learning of the death of his ex-girlfriend, from whom he had recently separated.
In Qatar to play in the final of the Club World Cup with Bayern Munich, Jérôme Boateng was authorized to return to Germany due to the death of his former partner. 25-year-old model Kasia Lenhardt was found lifeless Tuesday at her Berlin home. His death comes a week after the breakup of their relationship, which was formalized on February 2.
“Jérôme came to see me in my room and asked me for permission to go home,” said Hansi Flick, Bayern Munich coach, on the eve of the final scheduled for Thursday evening (7 p.m.) against the Mexicans of Tigers. “FC Bayern obviously acceded to his request, he is no longer at our disposal,” added the German technician.
Police rule out criminal leads
According to Bild, the suicide trail is favored by the police. The body was found Tuesday evening in the Berlin-Charlottenburg district. “There are no indications of a crime,” a police source told German media.
The end of the relationship between Jérôme Boateng and Kasia Lenhardt was tumultuous. The 32-year-old footballer recently spoke to the press to bemoan the behavior of his ex-girlfriend. Sara Kulka, a model friend of the young woman, paid tribute by writing on Instagram: “I hope the truth comes out, I know how much you wanted it”.
In Doha, Bayern Munich will therefore have to do without its defender world champion to try to win the second Club World Cup in its history, after that won in 2013. Fallers of the Egyptians Al Ahly (2-0), the Bavarians must now dismiss the teammates of André-Pierre Gignac, who defeated Palmeiras (1-0).