Tuesday December 13th, 2016

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Touré pleaded guilty to drunk driving on Monday despite claiming that he unintentionally consumed alcohol, he said in a statement.

“Over the last two weeks there has been some confusion as to why I was charged with drink [sic] driving, as it is well known that I am a Muslim and do not drink. I have always refused alcohol,” Touré explained in the release

“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 [sic] 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 apologize for this situation.”

According to The Telegraph, he told a judge that he poured what he thought was Diet Coke from a jug at a party, and despite a strange taste, he continued to drink it. Touré was the designated driver for a group and while he felt “tired,” he did not suspect he was drunk, and drove them home with twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system.

The 33-year-old was fined a little more than $68,000 and banned from driving for 18 months.

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