The hearing at the Düsseldorf District Court is scheduled to begin on April 29th.
The investigators accuse the 40-year-old of having attempted to give a person possession of child pornography in 29 cases. In addition, one case is charged with possession of child and youth pornography.
So far, the district court has set three dates for the process until mid-May. For the former international Metzelder, the presumption of innocence applies until a final decision in the criminal proceedings.
The Düsseldorf District Court was not allowed to report on the ex-national soccer player in the form of a press release published on the Internet with the name and allegations of the offense. However, the court was allowed to “truthfully inform media representatives, naming their names, about the indictment and the allegation in abstract form with reference to the presumption of innocence”.
The OVG also did not find the naming of the former national player to be a problem for media representatives.