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N'Zogbia arrested over driving test allegations

April 22, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Wigan Athletic midfielder Charles N'Zogbia has been arrested and released on bail amid allegations that he attempted to get a friend to take the practical part of his driving test for him.

Charles N'Zogbia
GettyImagesCharles N'Zogbia scores against Arsenal.

N'Zogbia, who scored against Arsenal in a 3-2 win at weekend, was arrested at Sale Driving Test Centre, Greater Manchester, on Wednesday morning.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "At about 8.30am on Wednesday, April 21, police working alongside the Driving Standards Agency arrested a 23-year-old man at Sale Driving Test Centre on suspicion of fraud by false representation. The man has been bailed until June 3 pending further inquiries."

N'Zogbia has recently gained British citizenship after spending five years in the UK - previously playing for Newcastle - and did not comment on the matter, but Wigan boss Roberto Martinez claims he made a ''naive mistake'' which resulted in the incident.

''The way I see the whole situation is that Charles has been badly advised, and he's made a naive mistake,'' said Martinez. ''We're going to look into every single detail before I give my full side of the story, but what is important is Charles has reacted in a very mature way.

''We need to remember he is a very young man, but he knows he is also a public figure, and he needs to make sure he becomes a stronger and more experienced human being.

''In that respect we'll help him to ensure he is available to do what he does best which is playing football. We'll collaborate with the police and with Charles to make sure we get out of this situation in a positive way.''