Toure gets 18-month ban for drunk-driving

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 14, 2016 10:20 AM
Toure gets 18-month ban for drunk-driving
Manchester City's Yaya Toure, right, celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park stadium in London, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been banned from driving for 18 months after admitting to drunk-driving, despite saying he hadn't "intentionally consumed alcohol."

Toure, who was arrested in east London on Nov. 28, appeared in court on Monday. He was also fined 54,000 pounds ($70,000).

The 33-year-old Toure is a Muslim and said Tuesday in a statement on his Facebook page that he has "always refused alcohol."

The former Ivory Coast international 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."

Toure added that "the judge in his sentencing remarks accepted that I had not been intentionally drinking."

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