London - 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 on Tuesday.
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."
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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
"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."For
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