French court fines ex-long jump champ Barber

Updated: December 2, 2008, 11:52 AM ET
Associated Press

PARIS -- Former long jump and heptathlon world champion Eunice Barber was fined $6,304 by a French court Tuesday for resisting arrest in 2006.

Barber was convicted on the charge of "outrage, rebellion and refusal to obey" by the court in the Paris suburb of Bobigny.

Barber's lawyer, Emmanuel Daoud, said she would appeal. She said the athlete "is not guilty but is only a victim in this affair."

Police stopped Barber in March 2006 for attempting to drive down a blocked-off road outside the Stade de France. She allegedly bit two officers, and police claimed she was "hysterical." She accused police of throwing her to the ground and stepping on her.

Barber, who was born in Sierra Leone, became a French citizen in 1999. She won the world heptathlon title in 1999 and the long jump world title in 2003.

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