Teetotal City Star Admits To Drink Driving Charge

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Well this is a new one.

Manchester City star Yaya Touré has admitted he is guilty of drink driving without intentionally consuming alcohol.

The Ivorian made some headlines in 2012 by refusing a bottle of champagne he won as a man of the match award on the grounds of being a Muslim. 

This led to a number of observers being confused when the four-time African Footballer of the Year was charged with drink driving earlier this month.

The case has now apparently been resolved, with Touré releasing the following statement through his official website: 

“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.

“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. I would also like to thank my family, the management and staff at Manchester City, my legal team and the fans for the support they have given me during this difficult time.”

Really, Yaya? Really?



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James Fenton

Resident football writer, covering City, United and the rest of what the beautiful game brings to our city. I also moonlight in news, current affairs and emmm... burger reviews.