The courtroom discovered Metzelder responsible of the offense after an investigation that began in 2019, and the previous participant admitting earlier on Thursday to sharing information on WhatsApp.
“I despatched these photos though I do know what unspeakable struggling in the direction of children in every of those information there may be,” he advised the courtroom.
“I depart a wound that may by no means heal. I’ve to reside with that for the remainder of my life,” he mentioned. “I settle for the sentence.”
Metzelder, a Bundesliga champion with Borussia Dortmund, additionally performed for Schalke 04 and Actual Madrid.
He was a World Cup runner-up in 2002 and received 47 caps for his nation. He additionally performed within the 2006 World Cup.
Metzelder was president of his boyhood membership TuS Haltern till stepping down in 2019 because of the case. He labored on many social initiatives with kids by his now defunct basis.