Thun footballers fined in underage sex scandal

A judge has fined four players from Swiss first-division side FC Thun who were found guilty of having sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl.

This content was published on May 14, 2008 - 08:45

Two of the men were players from the club's first team, the other two played for the under 21 team. The men were banned from training and competing in February, pending the outcome of this case.

The conditional fines range from SFr2,700 ($2,561) to SFr4,950, according to the income of the players. The men were also ordered to pay smaller fines and compensation to the victim.

The latest judgement brings to six the number of Thun players convicted in connection with this sex scandal. A further seven men face trial, two of them for rape.

The judge noted that the sexual contact between the four men and the underage girl took place with her consent. The meetings took place in the players' homes.

Police began their investigations into the sex allegations last September and 12 players were detained two months later.

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