Ex-Tottenham Hotspur player facing up to 2 years in prison

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Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Didier Zokora could be sentenced to two years in prison following a drink driving offence.

Didier Zokora currently plays his football in Turkey for Trabzonspor but could be set to spend his next two years in prison.

A court case is currently underway regarding Zokora being caught drink-driving and Turkish laws require a firm two-year sentence for anyone found guilty of drink-driving. Given that the Ivory Coast international is 33-years-old the prison sentence could all but put an end to his career.

His lawyers are trying to defend him with the fact that he has a blank criminal record up until now and that it is a first time offence.

Zokora is best known for his time at Tottenham Hotspur where he played 88 Premier League games over a three-year period. He joined them from Saint-Etienne for a fee of £8 million having impressed Martin Jol at the 2006 World Cup. He then moved on to Sevilla before joining his current club in 2011. He holds the record for the most international caps for Ivory Coast with 118 to his name, although surprisingly just the one goal in that time.

Teammates at his current club Trabzonspor include former Chelsea duo Jose Bosingwa and Florent Malouda, and former Leicester City and Hibernian defender Sol Bamba is also on the books.

He will have been hoping to feature in this summer's World Cup with The Elephants but this court case could put paid to his chances of a third World Cup. The African nation will fancy their chances of progressing through to the last-16 stage for the first time having been drawn in a group with Colombia, Japan and Greece. All four teams will believe they can qualify so it should make for an interesting group.

 

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