December 10, 2009 07:00 ET

Didier Didn't Have Insurance: Chelsea Star Makes Motoring Blunder

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 10, 2009) - Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has been caught driving without valid insurance after claiming he thought he was covered by his French policy.

Drogba was pulled over in his Mercedes SLR near his home in Oxshott, Surrey by police last week, who discovered he was driving without both car insurance and a valid licence. Although the African star passed his test in his Ivory Coast homeland and does hold an international driver's licence, as a UK resident for more than a year he is required to pass a UK test. The Chelsea striker also wrongly believed that his French car insurance covered him.

Swinton, the UK's leading high street insurance retailer, is warning international and European drivers who have lived in the UK for a year or more to ensure they have a valid UK driver's licence and have adequate insurance or they could face a ban and fine of up to £5,000.

Steve Chelton, Insurance Development Manager at Swinton said "Didier Drogba can expect a hefty fine and penalty points for driving without insurance and a licence. Driving without insurance is a serious offence which can result in an immediate disqualification from driving. A driving ban can often be in the region of 28 days but can also be substantially longer for repeat offences."

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