Carlos Tevez avoids community service for driving offences
Ex-Man City Striker Carlos Tevez has managed to avoid completing his 250-hour community service order by paying a £3,000 fine.
The football ace was convicted of a string of motoring offences earlier this year and among various bans and fines, was ordered to serve a total of 250 hours of community service.
But the multi-millionaire's lawyers argued that he could not complete the work after transferring from his Premier League club Manchester City to Italian side Juventus recently.
Tevez had only completed 28 hours of his punishment.
Sitting at Macclesfield magistrates' court, 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."
It is thought that Tevez's legal team argued that Manchester City sold him to the Italian side, meaning he was not responsible in law for his inability to comply with the order.
Tevez, 29, was not in court. His lawyers were told he would face the £5,000 maximum fine for his offence – but with a £2,000 'reduction' for his guilty plea and the 28 hours' work he completed.
The footballer was banned from driving and handed community service in April where he was subsequently photographed helping out at Macclesfield's Community Garden Centre, where he worked alongside adults with learning difficulties.
In a statement, Tevez said: "I would like to thank the court for its understanding."
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