BERLIN: VfL Wolfsburg captain Stefan Effenberg faces a charge of insulting public officials after shouting profanities at police when he was caught speeding.
Police in Wolfsburg said on Wednesday motorway police had stopped the midfielder for speeding early in the morning of Feb 20, where he was clocked “considerably exceeding the speed limit in a 120kmh (80 mph) zone”, a police report said.
“During the police check Effenberg behaved in a manner ranging from 'distant' to 'un-cooperative',” police spokesman Ruediger Fischbach told Reuters.
“At the end of the police check Effenberg shouted 'arsehole' at the officers.
“The officers are seeking to press charges of insulting public officials.”
The incident could lead to a fine, Fischbach said.
He denied a report that appeared in a Wolfsburg newspaper that the 34-year-old former Bayern Munich captain had been stopped after a wild high-speed chase in the motorway.
Effenberg is known for his fiery temperament, and his brush with the law is the latest in a series of controversial incidents in a turbulent career.
Effenberg's career with Germany ended abruptly at the 1994 World Cup in the United States after he gave fans a single finger gesture when he was substituted amid boos following a poor performance in a group game against South Korea.
He also ran into trouble while playing for Bayern Munich, whom he left last season.
Effenberg was heavily criticised and briefly dropped by his club in April last year after making controversial remarks about unemployed people in Germany, whom he accused of being lazy.
Two years ago he paid a US$75,000 out-of-court settlement after being charged with assault for hitting a woman in a Munich nightclub. – Reuters