Ballack handed driving ban, fine in Spain

MADRID Thu Nov 8, 2012 7:14pm IST

Bayer Leverkusen's Michael Ballack arrives for their Champions League soccer match against FC Barcelona in Leverkusen February 14, 2012. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender/Files

Bayer Leverkusen's Michael Ballack arrives for their Champions League soccer match against FC Barcelona in Leverkusen February 14, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Ina Fassbender/Files

MADRID (Reuters) - Former Germany captain Michael Ballack has been banned from driving for 18 months and fined 6,750 euros after he was clocked speeding at 211 kilometres per hour on a Spanish highway in October.

The 36-year-old former Bayern Munich and Chelsea midfielder, who announced his retirement a couple of weeks before the incident, was driving his Audi Q7 at almost twice the speed limit of 120 kms per hour, according to the ruling by a court in Caceres published on Thursday.

Ballack, who was also ordered to pay the costs of the trial, has five days to lodge an appeal.

(Reporting by Emma Pinedo, writing by Iain Rogers, editing by Ed Osmond)

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