Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been hit with a £54k drink-driving fine which is believed to be the biggest ever in UK history.
The Ivory Coast international was found guilty of the offence earlier this week despite insisting he has never knowingly consumed alcohol due to his Muslim faith.
Toure was found to have 75 micrograms of alcohol in his breath at the time he was stopped for speeding, well over double the national limit of 35.
According to the Daily Telegraph, this has now led to a record-high fine for the 33-year-old, as he was charged a week’s wages of £54,000 – a figure a great deal lower than a previous reported £200,000-per-week, which may include various appearance bonuses that have not been triggered due to his lack of action this season.
Toure apologised to his fans via his official website and Facebook page, saying: ‘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.
‘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.
‘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.’