Former international Christoph Metzelder has been convicted of possessing child pornography. That’s why he loses an award. Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund wants to remove Metzelder’s name from the “Walk of Fame” in the Ruhr area city.

Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund will remove the name of its longtime professional and former vice world champion Christoph Metzelder from the “Walk of Fame” in front of the Dortmund stadium. The club confirmed a report by the “Bild” newspaper with a corresponding message.

Metzelder’s name can be read on one of the stars embedded in the themed walkway that leads from Borsigplatz to the stadium. “The ‘Walk of Fame’ is being edited and repaired anyway. As part of these measures, we will also remove Christoph Metzelder’s star,” said BVB Managing Director Carsten Cramer of the newspaper.

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The star should no longer be visible by the first matchday of the new Bundesliga season at the latest. The 41-year-old Metzelder is also no longer a member of Borussia.

The former national player, who played in Dortmund from 2000 to 2007, was finally sentenced to a suspended prison sentence of ten months in 2021 for possessing and distributing child pornography.