Footballer Carlos Tevez has had his community service punishment for driving while disqualified replaced with a £3,000 fine.
The former Manchester City striker was unable to complete 250 hours of unpaid work after his sale to Italian club Juventus in June.
Instead Tevez, 29, was hit with the £5,000 maximum fine for the offence, less £2,000 for a prompt guilty plea and the 28 hours unpaid work he had completed. He did not appear in person at the hearing at Macclesfield Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
District Judge Bridget Knight accepted there were circumstances beyond Tevez’s control in his inability to fulfil the terms of his order, saying: “This is only a technical breach. It is not, I repeat not, a case of a footballer thumbing his nose at a court order.”
Tevez was banned from driving last November after he failed to provide information when his car was clocked speeding in Morecambe.
Hs vehicle was caught breaking the speed limit in the town on March 28 2012 when he played for City’s reserves against Morecambe Reserves.
Tevez admitted driving while disqualified and without insurance after being stopped in Cheshire in March 2013.