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Tevez sentenced over motoring offences

Carlos Tevez has been sentenced to 250 hours of community service, fined £1,000 and handed a fresh six-month driving ban after pleading guilty to motoring offences.

Tevez was charged with driving while disqualified and without insurance and appeared at Macclesfield Magistrates' Court on Tuesday morning. He had been arrested on March 7 when behind the wheel of a white Porsche.

The 29-year-old entered his guilty plea in his native Spanish with the aid of an interpreter.

Tevez was originally given a six-month driving ban in January when he pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to provide information about incidents when his Hummer car was clocked speeding.

His solicitor then said that the Argentina international did not respond to police letters because he did not understand the word "constabulary".

Tevez, 29, was represented in the current case by Gwyn Lewis, a solicitor who has been nicknamed 'Merlin the Magician' because, according to his law firm Burton Copeland, of his ability "to make worrying cases disappear".

Kate Marchuk, prosecuting, told the court a police officer was called to the Mottram Hall Hotel and Golf Club in Cheshire at around 4pm on March 7.

"There had been a call from an anonymous caller, that the defendant had driven a white Range Rover to the golf club whilst disqualified," he said. "The officer confirmed this on the Police National Computer.''

Miss Marchuk said Tevez had been disqualified from driving on January 16, until May 25. Tevez, who lives in nearby Alderley Edge, did not get into the Range Rover on leaving at around 5pm, instead getting into a white Porsche Cayenne and driving off.

He was stopped nearby and arrested for driving while disqualified and having no insurance. He told the officer: "I only live down the road. Two minutes.''

Tevez is City's 16-goal top scorer this season, has seven goals in his last six games and is preparing to face his former club Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report