United Kingdom – London police have revealed that Yaya Touré, the Manchester City midfielder, has been charged with drunk driving.
Touré was driving in Dagenham in east London when police pulled him over and found out that he was under the influence of alcohol.
Per the Metropolitan police, the 33-year-old was driving while his alcohol level was above the legal limit.
Touré, who has scored in City’s win at Crystal Palace just days before the incident, has been bailed and is due to appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on December 13.
Despite the controversy, the Ivorian international soccer star played in City’s 3-1 defeat against Premier League title rivals Chelsea at Eastland’s last Saturday.
Touré who has frequently spoken about being a devout Muslim and once claimed he couldn’t accept a bottle of champagne as a man of the match award due to his religious beliefs, is now under serious scrutiny by fans and the league for hypocrisy.
Born Gnégnéri Yaya Touré (born 13 May 1983), Yaya is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Premier League club Manchester City and the former captain of Ivory Coast national team.
Touré aspired to be a striker during his youth and has played center back, including for FC Barcelona in the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final. He has spent the majority of his career as a box-to-box midfielder for club and country, where he has been regarded as one of the world’s best players. He was voted African Footballer of the Year for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Touré began his playing career at Ivorian club ASEC Mimosas, where he made his debut aged 18. His performances attracted attention from Europe. Touré had stints with Beveren, Metalurh Donetsk, Olympiacos, and AS Monaco before moving to Barcelona in 2007. He played over 70 matches for the club and was part of the historic 2009 Barcelona side that won six trophies in a calendar year. In 2010 Touré moved to Premier League club Manchester City where he scored a number of key goals for the Citizens – most notably the only goals in the 2011 FA Cup semi-final and final. He also helped City earn their first league title in 44 years.
Touré has a distinguished international career with over 100 caps for the Ivory Coast, representing the team at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup tournaments. He also represented Ivory Coast in six Africa Cup of Nations in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015, helping them finish runner-up in 2006 and 2012, while captaining them to victory in 2015. He is the younger brother of fellow footballer Kolo Touré. They played together at Manchester City for three years, before Kolo was transferred to Liverpool in 2013.