Andreas Pereira, who is currently on a loan at Spanish side Valencia, was too quick for his liking with the speed of his car.
The promising midfielder has been handed an eight-month driving ban after being caught at almost three times the speed limit in Spain in his luxury Bentley car. Pereira, who has been in good form for the Spanish side since his move, was caught at the excessive speed this week on Monday.
The 21-year-old faced a judge at a Spanish court the next day, and apologised for his actions on social media site Twitter. Pereira said he will accept whatever punishment comes his way, and how vital it is to respect rules.
The player stated: “Very sorry for speeding yesterday evening, I will accept whatever punishment comes. It is important to be careful when driving and always respect the rules. Lesson learned.”
Several footballers have often found themselves on the wrong side of the rules on the road. More than a month ago, Wayne Rooney was found drunk while driving, and he has been handed a 2-year ban from getting his hand on the steering wheels.
Meanwhile, Pereira has made six appearances for Valencia so far this season, and he also scored his first goal for the La Liga club in Sunday’s 6-3 win over Real Betis. Valencia have started off unbeaten in La Liga, and play an in-form Sevilla this weekend.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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