FRANKFURT, Germany (AFP) — Eintracht Frankfurt striker Ioannis Amanatidis has denied any wrong-doing after it was revealed he is being investigated by police over an alleged city centre assault on a woman.
The 26-year-old is alleged to have struck a 33-year-old Macedonian woman in Frankfurt on Tuesday afternoon after an argument with her father and is under investigation, a police spokesman confirmed to German sports agency SID on Wednesday.
The Greek international, who booked his country's Euro 2008 place with the winning goal against Turkey in October, met with club officials on Wednesday.
"I didn't hit anyone, neither the lady nor her companion," said Amantidis.
He has been given full support by the Bundesliga side's management including executive chairman Heribert Bruchhagen.
"He has assured us that although there was an argument with a man (accompanying the alleged victim), there was no physical contact and we have complete confidence in his statement," said Bruchhagen.
Amanatidis took part in training on Wednesday and is expected to be named in the team for Saturday's Bundesliga clash against Schalke 04 and has made no comment under advice from his lawyer.
But the alleged victim says the Greek star hit her after an argument broke out as she tried to park her car.
"I wanted to protect my father and he (Amanatidis) hit me with his full palm on the left side of my face," the woman involved told German tabloid Bild.