Real Madrid's Marcelo fined €6,000 for driving without a licence
Real Madrid defender Marcelo has been fined €6,000 after being caught driving without a licence.
The Brazilian full-back was stopped close to the Spanish champions' training ground in Valdebebas on February 12, according to AS.
Marcelo’s previous licence was later revealed by the Civil Guard to have been revoked as he had clocked up the maximum number of points.
The 24-year-old is the second Blancos player to have been guilty of driving offenses this season, after Karim Benzema was clocked driving at 216 kph in the early hours of February 3, more than twice the speed limit of 100 kph.
The French striker faces losing his licence as well as a possible fine, a period of community service or even a short prison sentence, according to Spanish law.
The two incidents, as well as recent transgressions by other high-profile players, have drawn criticism from a Spanish association which supports victims of traffic accidents.
"Many players are persistently breaking traffic laws and they are people with a significant influence on the majority of the population, especially young people," the 'STOP accidentes' group said in a statement on their website (stopaccidentes.org) on Tuesday.
The association added that they had written to all 20 of Spain's top-flight clubs and the professional league urging them to join a campaign to raise traffic safety awareness.