Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder, Yaya Toure has been banned from driving for 18 months and fined £54,000 ($68,500, 64,600 euros) for drink-driving.
Barkingside Magistrates Court said Toure had an alcohol reading of 75 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath – more than twice England’s legal limit of 35 micrograms.
The 33-year-old accepted he was “above the permitted limit” pleaded guilty to drink-driving, but says he had not “intentionally consumed alcohol”.
He told the court that he had been to a house party where he had poured himself what he thought was Diet Coke from a jug, but later discovered it was mixed with brandy.
Toure who was driving in Dagenham in east London at the time of the offence last month, took to facebook to say he has accepted the court’s judgement.
“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.
“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.”
Yaya Toure was recalled to the Manchester City squad earlier this month after apologising for “misunderstandings” relating to comments made by his agent, Dimitri Seluk.