Ex-Real Madrid footballer Christoph Metzelder is under investigation for allegedly sharing child pornography via WhatsApp, German prosecutors have confirmed.

“We can confirm an investigation against Christoph Metzelder on suspicion of sharing child pornography, including digital images,” they said.

The footballer, 38, is alleged to have used WhatsApp to send pornographic photos of children to a woman in Hamburg.

The woman reported the images to the Hamburg police, who opened investigations alongside public prosecutors in August.

-Noah Harte