French soccer star, Franck Ribery, was slammed on social media for being ostentatious when he posted a video of himself enjoying a gold-coated steak at a Dubai restaurant.
The video posted on Thursday shows Ribery preparing to tuck into the lavish cut, reported to cost more than $1,000, at the Nusr-Et steak restaurant owned by Turkish chef Salt Bae. After the video attracted flak on social media, an angry Ribery gave it back to the criticism with profanity.
Ribery posted a series angry foul-mouthed tweets which however earned him a "heavy fine" from his club Bayern Munich. The 35-year-old footballer wrote in obscenity-laden tweets hitting out at "jealous" people and said he owed nothing to the "haters".
Unhappy with Ribery's responses, Bayern Munich imposed an undisclosed fine for unacceptable language from a supposed role model. "I had a long talk with Franck and I let him know that we would impose a heavy fine on him and he accepted it," said the club's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic in a statement on the club's website. He further added, "He used words that we, FC Bayern, cannot accept and that.
Franck does not have the right to use, as a role-model and player of FC Bayern." The statement added Ribery was invited to try the steak as part of an advertising campaign while on holiday in Dubai. However, it denied reports that the footballer paid 1200 euros for the steak but admitted that his response was inappropriate, according to a CNN report.