Barcelona's Arturo Vidal fined £700,000 for nightclub assault
Last Updated: 18/10/18 12:22pm
Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal has been fined 800,000 euros (£700,000) by a Munich court after being found guilty of assault during a nightclub fight last year.
Munich district court fined the Chile international based on 80 days worth of wages, calculated to be 10,000 euros (£8,800) per day for the Barcelona player, who left Bayern Munich in August after three years with the German club.
The 31-year-old was not in court in Munich to hear the judge's verdict as he played in Chile's 1-0 win over Mexico on Wednesday, which "professionally prevented" his appearance in Bavaria, his lawyer said.
Vidal and his half-brother were both found guilty after attacking another man at Munich's Crowns Club in September 2017, which was reportedly caught on security camera.
Vidal's half sibling Sandrino, 25, was fined 18,000 euros (£15,800), based on 120 days salary at 150 euros (£130) per day - a higher penalty because he also threw a glass during the incident.
Since joining Barcelona, Vidal has struggled for game time, only twice being included in the starting line-up in eight La Liga matches.
Barcelona sporting director Pep Segura said earlier this month that Vidal "lacked respect" for his team-mates by complaining on social media about his lack of playing time.