Baros in trouble after 169mph own-goal

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Milan Baros broke few records during his lean spells with Aston Villa or Liverpool, but the striker, now plying his trade with the French club Lyons, smashed one out of sight on Thursday when it was announced he had been caught speeding at 271kph (169mph) in his Ferrari.

A French newspaper, Le Progres, quoted police as saying the Czech forward had broken the record for speeding for that French region, set by a motorcyclist who hit 248 kph in 2000.

Baros was driving on a motorway not far from Lyons when he was caught by police, who confiscated the Ferrari and took his driving licence. The 26-year-old, who is injured at the moment, had to take a taxi back to Lyons. He faces a heavy fine and a three-year driving ban.

Another footballer in a spot of bother is the Middlesbrough striker Lee Dong-Gook who has been banned from playing for South Korea for 12 months for drinking and cavorting in a brothel during July's Asian Cup in Indonesia.

Goalkeeper Lee Woon-Jae, who played a key role in Korea's win over Spain in the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup, has been banned for three years. The suspension is likely to end the international career of the 34-year-old who was captain of the national side.