Toure banned, fined for drink driv­ing

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Ivory Coast foot­ball great Yaya Toure has been banned from driv­ing for 18 months and fined £54,000 ($68,500, 64,600 eu­ros) for drink driv­ing, he said on Face­book yes­ter­day. The 33-year-old Manch­ester City mid­fielder in­sisted though he im­bibed the al­co­hol by ac­ci­dent.

Toure, a four-time African player of the Year and a mem­ber of the Ivory Coast side that won the 2015 Africa Cup of Na­tions, is a Mus­lim. “Over the last two weeks there has been some con­fu­sion as to why I was charged with drink driv­ing, as it is well known that I am a Mus­lim and do not drink,” wrote Toure, who was stopped last month while driv­ing in east Lon­don and found to be over the limit.

“I have al­ways re­fused al­co­hol. Any­one who knows me or fol­lows foot­ball will have seen me refuse cham­pagne for Man of the Match per­for­mances be­cause of my com­mit­ment to my re­li­gion.”

Toure, who re­tired from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball in Septem­ber, said the court had also ac­cepted he had not in­ten­tion­ally drunk al­co­hol but had nev­er­the­less pun­ished him ac­cord­ing to the law. Toure did not dis­close how the al­co­hol got into his sys­tem.

“The mat­ter has now been re­solved in court on Mon­day,” wrote Toure, who only re­cently re­turned to first team ac­tion with Manch­ester City af­ter a stand-off with man­ager Pep Guardi­ola caused by his agent.

“As I was above the per­mit­ted limit when tested on the night, I de­cided not to chal­lenge the charge. “How­ever, it was im­por­tant to me that I told the court that I had not in­ten­tion­ally con­sumed al­co­hol. The judge in his sen­tenc­ing re­marks ac­cepted that I had not been in­ten­tion­ally drink­ing. “Drink driv­ing is a se­ri­ous crime and even though I was not in­ten­tion­ally con­sum­ing al­co­hol I ac­cept the ban and fine and I would like to apol­o­gise for this sit­u­a­tion.” — AFP

This file photo shows Manch­ester City’s Ivo­rian mid­fielder Yaya Toure pic­tured dur­ing the English Pre­mier League foot­ball match. Ivory Coast foot­ball great Yaya Toure has been banned from driv­ing for 18 months and fined 54,000 GBP (68,500 USD, 64,600 eu­ros) for drink driv­ing, he said on Face­book yes­ter­day. — AFP

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