Former Real Madrid and Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele has been cleared of assaulting his ex-girlfriend by a French court.
The Paris Saint-Germain assistant coach had been accused of punching former partner Thandi Ojeer during a dispute in October 2010, and a jail sentence had been mentioned at previous hearings.
However, Ojeer’s case was dismissed by a judge and she was forced to pay 90,000 euros in compensation and fined a further 2,000 euros for bringing an unsubstantial civil claim to court.
Makelele denied the claims, although he did admit there was a dispute when she arrived at his house to collect clothes and belongings four months after the end of their relationship.
Neither Makelele or Ojeer were present at the hearing.