Arsenal star Mesut Ozil caught doing 97mph in £90,000 Mercedes G-Class on M1

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil was caught doing 97mph in £90,000 Mercedes G-Class on M1 - but tells court he thought speedo said KILOMETRES rather than miles per hour in bid to avoid road ban Footballer, 32, had been on his way back from training when clocked by police He offered no comment when they pulled him over but wrote to JPs to explain Ozil blamed confusion between miles and kilometers for the speeding error He also claimed his car's quiet engine had caused a lapse in concentration 

By Dan Sales For Mailonline

Published: 13:07 GMT, 5 November 2020 | Updated: 13:07 GMT, 5 November 2020


Arsenal star and German international Mesut Ozil has blamed being confused by kilometres and miles after being caught driving nearly 100mph.

The midfielder, 32, had been trying to escape a driving ban after being clocked coming back from training on July 2.

Officers had seen his speeding Mercedes G-Class on the southbound carriageway of the M1 just after 11.50am and pulled him over.

While he gave a ‘no comment’ to the police, he offered a more detailed explanation to Bromley magistrates this week after being charged over the offence.

He blamed his German nationality as well as the ‘low engine noise’ of his car for causing a lapse in concentration.

Ozil – who rakes in £350,000 a week – wrote to them to insist: ‘When attempting to rationalise my actions, I believe it was the combination of the empty road, with no

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