France defender Lucas Hernandez has been handed a six-month jail sentence by a Spanish court for breaking a restraining order in 2017.
The Bayern Munich star had asked to have his six-month jail term suspended, but this week, it emerged a Madrid court had rejected his request – and given him 10 days to enter prison voluntarily from 11am next Tuesday.
Lucas, 25, will be told he can choose which Spanish prison to be jailed when he attends the court in Madrid next week.
The shock news comes just three days after the left-back, who played for Atletico Madrid between 2014 and 2019, won the UEFA Nations League final with France when they beat Spain 2-1 with a late Kylian Mbappe goal.
The defender was given his prison sentence in December 2019 after breaching a restraining order preventing him from going near his then-partner Amelia Lorente.
He was told he couldn’t go within 500 metres of the brunette for six months, and sentenced to 31 days community service, in March 2017 after being convicted of a domestic abuse charge. His partner also received the same punishment.
Lucas was arrested on the 13th of June 2017 at Madrid Barajas Airport whilst he was getting off a flight from Miami with Amelia following their honeymoon in the States.
She reportedly escaped arrest at the time after she proved she had not been informed about the restraining order.
The Marseille-born footballer, capped 29 times by France at senior level, lost his request against the execution of his prison sentence because he is not a first-time offender in Spain.
A spokesman for the judge who turned down Hernandez’s appeal against his prison order, confirmed he had been told he must serve his six-month sentence, saying: “Madrid Criminal Court Number 32 has refused the suspension of his six month sentence.
“And it has told him he must attend court at 11am on October 19 so he can be informed he must enter prison voluntarily within ten days starting from that date.”
Hernandez and Amelia got married in Las Vegas in the summer of 2017 despite being told they must stay away from each other following the domestic violence incident.
They are thought to have tied the knot in secret on the 2nd of June that year and went on to have a son named Martin.
In March 2019, Amelia revealed on social media they were no longer together, saying at the time: “A mother always thinks twice, once for her and another time for her son. Only you and me my baby.”
It is understood Lucas has launched an appeal against the Madrid court decision which has yet to be ruled on with the appeal set to be considered by judges at Madrid’s Audiencia Provincial Court.
Local reports say he will be expected to attend court next Wednesday to choose the prison he wants to do his time in, but could be spared having to enter jail at the last minute, or given the go-ahead to leave prison after a few days, if judges decide to uphold the appeal.
LUCAS HERNANDEZ’S CAREER:
2005–2007 – Rayo Majadahonda
2007–2014 – Atlético Madrid
2014–2015 – Atlético Madrid B – 21 games (1 goal)
2014–2019 – Atlético Madrid – 67 games (1 goal)
2019– Bayern Munich – 46 games (0 goals)
2012 – France U16 – 1 game (0 goals)
2014 – France U18 – 2 games (0 goals)
2014–2015 – France U19 – 13 games (0 goals)
2015 – France U20 – 3 games (0 goals)
2016–2017 – France U21 – 9 games (0 goals)
2018– France – 29 games (0 goals)
UEFA Europa League: 2017–18
UEFA Super Cup: 2018
UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2015–16
Bundesliga: 2019–20, 2020–21
UEFA Champions League: 2019–20
UEFA Super Cup: 2020
FIFA Club World Cup: 2020
FIFA World Cup: 2018
UEFA Nations League: 2020–21
UEFA European Under-19 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2015
Knight of the Legion of Honour: 2018
Twitter users reacted with the France defender handed a six-month jail sentence…
@StokeyyG2: Prison FC are actually doing a Newcastle
Prison FC 2022 – Quadruple contenders?
Wan-Bissaka Romero Maguire Hernandez
Sigurdsson Bissouma Jorginho
Johnson (C) Robinho Ronaldinho
Bench: Boateng, Mendy, Aurier, Barton, Buendia, Lo Celso, Cho
@JamesMcSilva: Did Prison FC have a Saudi takeover too😭😭😭
@sbc_tips: Lucas Hernandez joins Prison FC. Probably have to play at CB, Mendys taken the LB position
@_damilareee: The rate at which footballers get convicted is alarming
@SpursIad: 2021 the year every footballer goes prison
@EiFSoccer: Apparently this is the year where footballers are being sent to prison.Lucas Hernández violated a restraining order and is being summoned by Madrid courts to be sentenced to up to 1 year in prison in a prison of his choice. His lawyers will try to reduce the sentence. Wild.
@zebz2003: Prison FC is having a storming transfer window
@ismaeldahir_: Did all footballers lose the plot all of a sudden
@josh_priv3: Mendy getting benched wherever he goes
Lucas Hernandez seeing benjamin mendy as number 1 left back in Prison FC pic.twitter.com/Gpp4p64JNk
— Rayed 🤍’. (@rayedysf) October 13, 2021
Lucas hernandez vs mendy who’s taking the Lb spot at prison fc 🥶pic.twitter.com/LtHCBACQms
— Frane 🟡⚫️🇭🇷 (@bvb_frane1484) October 13, 2021
— Kian ™️ (@MysticMcGinn) October 13, 2021
Prison Fc coach after losing their 1st game despite all the hype about signing of Lucas Hernandez, Bissouma, Sigurdsson and Mendy. pic.twitter.com/z24l33QbD7
— Yimzy🇸🇪 (@YimzyAgain) October 13, 2021