Michael Ballack charged with speeding in Spain

Updated: 18 October 2012 17:21 IST

Spanish police said on Thursday that they caught former Germany captain and Chelsea star Michael Ballack speeding on a highway in Spain -- reportedly at 211 kilometres (131 miles) per hour.

Madrid:

Spanish police said on Thursday that they caught former Germany captain and Chelsea star Michael Ballack speeding on a highway in Spain -- reportedly at 211 kilometres (131 miles) per hour.

"He was detained for excessive speed yesterday afternoon (Wednesday)," near the town of Trujillo in eastern Spain, a civil guard spokesman in the nearby city of Caceres told AFP by telephone.

A court official in Trujillo said Ballack, 36, went before a local judge on Thursday morning and challenged the charges, meaning he will be summoned to appear before a judge in a Caceres criminal court at a later date.

The officials, who asked not to be named, declined to give further details, but Spanish media said Ballack was accused of driving at 211 kph in a 120-kph zone, in an all-terrain Audi.

Ballack announced his retirement on October 2, having won 98 caps for Germany whom he led to the semi-final in the 2006 World Cup, and winning English and German league titles with Chelsea and Bayern Munich.

Topics : Football
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