Toure pleads innocence after drink-drive charge

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure insists he didn't intentionally consume alcohol, despite pleading guilty to a charge of drink driving on Monday.

The former Ivory Coast international captain released a statement on his official facebook page, clarifying any misunderstandings regarding the misdemeanor.

"Over the last two weeks there has been some confusion as to why I was charged with drink driving," the statement read.

"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.

"The matter has now been resolved in court on Monday. 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.

"I would also like to thank my family, the management and staff at Manchester City, my legal team and the fans for the support they have given me during this difficult time," the statement concluded.

The 33-year-old has featured sparingly for the Citizens this season, making two starts and a further three appearances from the bench in all competitions.