This is up there with one of the most bizarre stories of the year.
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Yaya Toure accepted a DUI charge and was fined $69,000 and handed a 18-month driving ban on Monday after the incident which occurred in east London last month.
The Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder, 33, accepted that he was above the legal limit when driving but on Tuesday he insisted he did not “intentionally consume alcohol” and put out the following statement via his Facebook page after his ban was announced.
“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.” Toure said. “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.”
So, the only real question now remaining (and it’s a big one) is how Toure was over the legal limit if he didn’t think he was drinking any alcohol.
Maybe he was mistakenly handed drinks with alcohol in them? But for someone who doesn’t drink at all, wouldn’t he have noticed the difference? I’m all for believing Toure didn’t mean to get drunk, but I’d just like a little more information on exactly how he managed to drink unintentionally.
All of this comes just after the Ivorian giant had worked his way back in to Pep Guardiola‘s plans following an extended hiatus for his a feud between his manager at Man City and his agent Dimitri Seluk.