Yaya Toure is used to dominating the midfield in his Premier League but he’s had to step outside of his comfort zone recently, as he dealt with the British judiciary system after being accused of drink driving.
The Ivorian, who has enjoyed a revival back into the Manchester City set-up in recent weeks, accepted the charge put towards him but took to social media today to deny ‘intentionally consuming’ alcohol- a statement that raises some questions.
Veteran midfielder Toure has been handed an 18-month driving ban, alongside a hefty fine, but stated on Facebook he is confused by the charges.
“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.”
How you accidentally consume alcohol is beyond me but I’m not the one to judge here and Toure hasn’t got away with anything due to his punishment, with City fans now hoping he can drive their campaign forward after a disappointing spell.
Pep Guardiola’s side have slipped down the Premier League standings after defeat to Leicester City this weekend and now face a huge week, hosting Watford this evening and clashing with Arsenal at the Etihad on Sunday.