RB Leipzig's Naby Keita appeals against fine in 'fake licence' case

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RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita is appealing against a fine after being found guilty by German courts of submitting fake driving licences.

According to reports from Bild, the Guinea global made two attempts in December 2016 and January this year to obtain a license with fake documents and was also charged with driving without a license.

A Bild report claims Keita, who joins Liverpool next summer, twice attempted to obtain a new licence in Germany using Guinean documents described as forgeries, in both December 2016 and January this year.

The fine is calculated based on an assumed rate of income, with the court of the belief that Keita earns €3m per year at Leipzig.

But Keita is ready to fight the court order having ordered his lawyer to issue an appeal after receiving it last week, according to the report.

Court spokesman Stefan Blaschke confirmed a six-figure fine to ESPN FC, but was not at liberty to discuss the exact sum as Keita has appealed the decision, which is set to lead to a case next year.

Germany winger Marco Reus had to pay a penalty of 540,000 euros in 2014 when it emerged he had been driving without a valid driving licence. The report said Keita had been served with a penalty order of 50 daily fines in lieu of prison time.

The Red Bulls also released a statement on the legal tussle via the club's press officer Florian Scholz declaring they are throwing their weight behind the player after conversations with him.

"We know abaout this".

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