Ballack facing fine, driving ban for speeding


TRUJILLO, Spain (AP) -Former Germany captain Michael Ballack could lose his license plus face a fine of ?10,000 ($13,000) after being caught speeding on a Spanish highway.

The former Chelsea and Bayern Munich player appeared in court in Trujillo to challenge the charges on Thursday, a day after being clocked at 211 kph (131 mph) in a 120 kph (75 mph) zone.

"He didn't speak in court, he didn't want to say anything," lead prosecutor Eliseo del Blanco Diaz told The Associated Press by telephone.

Ballack, who retired from football this month, doesn't need to appear at sentencing on Oct. 31.

Ballack faces a fine that amounts to paying ?30 ($40) per day across 11 months. He could lose his license for two years, six months, although that penalty can be enforced only in Spain and will be up to local authorities in the rest of Europe, Del Blanco Diaz said.

Ballack made 98 appearances for Germany, helping it to the 2002 World Cup final and 2008 European Championship final. He retired this month when Bayer Leverkusen did not extend his contract.

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