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Thursday, 16 August, 2001, 15:13 GMT 16:13 UK
Effenberg pays penalty
Stefan Effenberg
Effenberg helped Bayern to win the European Cup
Bayern Munich captain Stefan Effenberg has been fined for a nightclub assault on a woman.

The German international was ordered by a court on Thursday to pay a DM125,000 (49,400) fine for hitting the women at a Munich nightspot.

He was also told to pay her DM22,000 (7,100) compensation.

Effenberg had appealed an earlier decision to give him a jail sentence for the charge of causing bodily injury.

Prosecutors said Effenberg had hit the 31-year-old London woman last October in an argument over a reserved seat at the exclusive P1 disco.

He later claimed he was only defending himself after the woman threw a glass of champagne at his face.

Munich prosecutors had offered to dismiss the case originally for a DM400,000 (129,330) fine.

But Effenberg, who helped his club to lift the European Cup last May with a victory over Valencia on penalties, had rejected the plea bargain.

His club also fined him DM50,000 (16,160) for the incident.

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