Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Tevez gets six-month driving ban

Carlos Tevez was disqualified from driving for six months

Manchester City footballer Carlos Tevez was disqualified from driving for six months after he failed to understand the word "constabulary" on official letters from the police, a court has been told.

Tevez, 28, was disqualified from driving and ordered to pay a total in fines and costs of £1,540 at a hearing at Manchester Magistrates' Court.

The Argentinian striker, who did not attend the hearing in person, pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to furnish information which relate to incidents in which his car was clocked speeding. The court heard he received letters from the police in relation to the offences but he failed to respond because he did not recognise the word constabulary.

Tevez also admitted not having a proper UK driving licence but denied he was driving when his car was caught speeding.

The footballer's solicitor, Gwyn Lewis, told the court: "He does understand the word 'police', but not more complicated words. The letters are written from Cheshire Constabulary and the word police doesn't appear on it anywhere."

He said that was also the case in relation to the speeding office in Morecambe, which was pursued by Lancashire Constabulary. Mr Lewis added: "The word constabulary is not one that is recognised internationally, but of course police is. The correspondence was not dealt with properly and that has resulted in these offences."

When discussing the possibility of a fine, Mr Lewis told the bench: "He is a footballer and in that regard he is relatively well-paid."

The court ordered that the disqualification period would start from November 26 last year, when an interim driving ban was imposed on the player. Tevez, from Alderley Edge, Cheshire, mimicked driving a vehicle after he scored twice in his team's Premier League win at home to Aston Villa on November 17 last year.

Last November Lancaster magistrates imposed an interim ban on him after he failed to provide information when his car was clocked doing 39mph in a 30mph zone in Morecambe, Lancashire, on March 28 - the night he played for City's reserves against Morecambe Reserves. The court heard he failed to respond to letters sent to him by police on April 3 and May 4.

Mr Lewis told the court his client accepted he did not provide identification - which carries six penalty points - and that under the totting-up procedure he was now liable for disqualification.

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