MACCLESFIELD, England (AP) -- Carlos Tevez has been cleared to start the season with Juventus after having his court-ordered punishment rescinded in England.
The former Manchester City striker still had to complete the majority of his 250 hours' of unpaid community service that was imposed after a string of driving offences before leaving the Premier League club.
But the terms have been changed by Macclesfield Magistrates' Court near Manchester, with Tevez paying a fine now instead.
District Judge Bridget Knight says "it is not, I repeat not, a case of a footballer thumbing his nose at a court order.''
Tevez thanked the court for its "help and assistance'' and says he is "looking forward to a new chapter.''
Tevez joined Juventus last month in a transfer worth up to 12 million pounds ($18 million).
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