Footballer Yaya Toure has unreservedly apologised to fans for his recent drink driving conviction.
He was recently stopped and breathalysed when he was found to be over the drink driving limit.
When he appeared in court, Toure admitted the charge of drink -driving but told the court he did not intentionally concur alcohol.
On his website, Toure released a statement that as a Muslim he did not drink alcohol, but he did not contest the allegation.
Through the website, Toure said: “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.
“The matter has now been resolved in court on Monday. 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.”
At his hearing, the court were told that Toure was drinking from a jug of what seemed to be Coca Cola and he had not known that it also contained alcohol.
Toure was banned from driving for 18 months and received a record-breaking fine of £54,000. The Judge told Toure that he was considering an £81,000 fine but reduced it in light of his early guilty plea.
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