Mark van Bommel, the manager of Royal Antwerp, was the target of an attack in October that was an attempt to extort a professional playing contract, according to a Belgian court. The former Bayern Munich, Barcelona and AC Milan midfielder was attacked in a car park outside his apartment in Belgium. The perpetrator has been given a five-year jail sentence. Audio recordings from the defendant’s phone suggest that the attack was not a car-jacking, as initially reported, but an attempt to extort Van Bommel into signing a professional contract with Antwerp. Mohamed JH, 25, fled the scene and was later arrested in Kapellen. He has been in custody ever since.

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