Bayern Munich will fine Franck Ribery for insulting supporters on social media on Saturday, sports club director Hasan Salihamidzic said in a statement.
"I talked a lot with Franck and I let him know that we would inflict a heavy fine on him and he accepted it," Salihamidzic told reporters.
"He used words that we can not accept and that Franck is not allowed to use, as a model and player of FC Bayern."
The exact amount of this fine has not been specified, but Bayern's sports director has assured "that it will be very high".
The controversy started on Thursday when the French posted on a social network a video of him in a restaurant where he had ordered a steak wrapped in gold leaf. This publication, and the speculation of some media about the price of steak, earned him insulting comments, after which Ribery lashed back.
"Let's start with the envious, the brave, surely born of a broken hood. (Expletive) your mothers, your grandmothers and even your ancestors. I don't owe you anything.
"My success is down to God, myself and those close to me who believed in me. For the others, you are just pebbles in my socks."Ribery replied on Saturday.
Salihamidzic insisted that the player did not pay the bill himself because he had been invited to the restaurant. He also recalled that the player responded to a flurry of insults received on social networks.
"Franck has been insulted and insulted continuously - not just Franck, but his pregnant wife, child and mother, who is currently operated in at the hospital," said Salihamidzic.
"He wanted to defend himself and his family, he has every right to do that, I support him for that, but he has unfortunatelyslipped."
German media and Internet users called the German champion Bayern Munich to punish its 35-year-old striker.
The German football season will resume on January 18 after its annual winter break, with Bayern Munich currently six points adrift of Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga table.
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