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TV licence fine for player Diouf
El-Hadji Diouf
Diouf was not at court
Premiership footballer El-Hadji Diouf has been fined 100 for not having a television licence.

The 24-year-old Bolton Wanderers player was visited at his Liverpool home by a TV licence officer on 13 March, Birkenhead magistrates heard.

He refused to let the officer in, but confirmed he had a colour television and no licence.

The Senegalese international did not attend court and the case against him was found proven in his absence.

Diouf was informed it was an offence not to have a TV licence but made no comment, prosecutor Neil Blood told the court.

The former Liverpool player was fined 100 and ordered to pay 50 in costs.

Diouf, 24, is due to stand trial accused of spitting at a fan during his team's Premiership clash with Middlesbrough in November 2004. He has denied the charge.


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