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The 36-year-old recently-retired Mannschaft midfielder was detained for "crimes against road safety," according to Spanish traffic police

Former Germany international Michael Ballack was arrested near Trujillo (Caceres) in the east of Spain on Wednesday afternoon.

The four-time Bundesliga champion (once with Kaiserlautern and three times with Bayern Munich) was allegedly caught doing speeds of around 211 kilometres per hour - almost double the legal limit on the Estremadura A-5 roadway - a charge which he denies.

A civil guard spokesman told AFP: "He was detained for excessive speed yesterday afternoon [Wednesday], near the town of Trujillo in eastern Spain."

Officials say the ex-Chelsea man then faced a judge Thursday morning where he denied the charges and is subject to face a 10,000 fee should he be found guilty.

The ex-Chelsea star retired from international and club football on October 3, scoring 42 goals in 98 appearances for his country.

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