Michael Ballack requests reduction for £8,000 speeding fine

The recently-retired midfielder has claimed that he is in no position to pay the sum as he is currently not earning after being released by Bayer Leverkusen in the summer
Former Germany captain Michael Ballack's lawyers have asked a court to reduce the 36-year-old's punishment for speeding as he is currently not earning.

The ex-Chelsea man was detected driving 211 kilometres per hour on the A5 motorway in Trujillo - well over the local speed limit.

He initially faced a two-year driving ban in addition to a €10,000 [roughly £8,000] fine, but lawyer Jesus Gallego Rol has asked the judge to reduce that figure to accommodate the defendant's lack of cash-flow.

"Just because he is a famous footballer doesn’t mean he has any money coming in," the representative pointed out.

Ballack recently called time on a playing career that saw him represent Cheslea, Bayern Munich, and win 98 caps for his country.