Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus has been fined a quite staggering €540,000 (£440,000) by German authorities after a string of speeding offences led police to learn that he's been driving without a licence since 2011.
Reus allegedly racked up no fewer than five tickets for speeding in a three-year period, which is bad enough before you consider that he had no business being behind the wheel in the first place.
German newspaper Bild have splashed the sorry episode on their back pages this morning, revealing that the Dortmund prosecutor's office deemed his actions and negligence worth a penalty in excess of half a million euros.
The 25-year-old issued a swift and remorseful response once the prosecutor's office confirmed his misdemeanour, insisting that it's a silly mistake he'll learn from and never repeat.
Reus is quoted by The Guardian as stating: "I decided back then to take that road but the reasons I did it are something I cannot really understand today. “Today I know that I was too naive and that it was stupid. I have learned my lesson and this will not happen again."
Should clubs reconsider transfer interest?
The whole sordid affair will no doubt have Europe's top clubs seriously considering whether Reus is now the right fit for their squads in terms of character, despite outrageous ability purely from a playing standpoint.
Just about every major force on the continent has been mentioned in connection with activating the German international's €25 million release clause, which comes into effect when the current campaign concludes.
Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have been the major names most strongly linked with prising Reus away from Dortmund, but he'll have to pay that whopping fine off before even giving any thought to his long-term future.
Dortmund's creative hub is currently sidelined by an ankle injury, but will now have an extra incentive to get back after the winter break and prove himself all over again after hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
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