Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has been ordered to complete 250 hours of community service after pleading guilty to driving while disqualified and without insurance.
The Argentina international, who was also fined £1,000 and banned from driving for a further six months, was arrested after an anonymous caller phoned the police to inform them that he had driven a white Range Rover to a golf club in Cheshire while disqualified.
The footballer had been disqualified from driving from January 16 to May 25 for previous offences.
Departing from the golf club later, Tevez didn’t drive the Range Rover but instead climbed in behind the wheel of a white Porsche Cayenne. Presumably on the way to his house nearby in Alderley Edge, he was pulled over by a police officer and arrested for driving while disqualified and without insurance.
The Man City forward appealed to the officer by saying: "I only live down the road. Two minutes."
He was taken to the police station nevertheless and was later bailed out.
Passing sentence, chair of the bench at Macclesfield Magistrates' Court, Elizabeth Depares told the striker: "Mr Tevez, you must realise you are a role model to thousands, if not millions, of fans but nobody is above the law. You should not have been driving.
"We have heard that you are sorry and it is now up to you to ensure you will not be brought back to court again."
The court reportedly heard Tevez had suffered a "frightening" experience and a "salutary lesson" after being taken into custody and arrested by police.
The Probation Service officer, Mr Boliver said: "He was very clear when talking to me this has been a very salutary lesson. I think the seriousness and significance of this type of offence, I think the likelihood of this happening again is very, very slim.
"Mr Tevez would welcome a chance to put something back into the community. Clearly, he is fit for unpaid work."
Gwyn Lewis, defending, added: "I echo what's been said, that's been my experience too, that the whole experience from his being arrested, to being in the police station, to being in court.
"This is of course all completely alien to him and very frightening."
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