Yaya Touré has admitted speeding at 101mph on the M6 in Staffordshire but denied reaching a speed of 123mph on the same stretch of motorway.
Magistrates in Cannock heard that Touré was allegedly clocked travelling at the higher speed six minutes after the same police vehicle recorded his Porsche travelling at 101mph.
The 32-year-old Ivory Coast international will now face a trial in December at which he is expected to give evidence.
Touré did not appear before magistrates, instead entering his pleas through his solicitor, Gwyn Lewis.
Separate charges of having no third-party insurance and failing to produce an insurance certificate after a suspected offence were dropped.
A 15-minute hearing was told that Touré, another witness called by the defence and two police officers will give evidence to his trial at Burton magistrates’ court on 3 December.
The Manchester City midfielder, who lives in Cheshire, was not required to attend the hearing because of the nature of the alleged offences.
His solicitor made a successful application to the court for the trial to take place before sentencing for the 101mph offence, meaning the facts of the admitted offence were not outlined in court.
It is understood the speed of Touré’s Porsche was subjected to police checks at two different points governed by a 70mph limit on the northbound M6 near Keele services.
Mr Lewis made a successful application to the court for a trial to take place before sentencing for the 101mph offence, meaning the facts of the charge were not outlined by the crown lawyer Clair Moss.
The offence that Touré denies is alleged to have taken place on 20 May this year.
The guardian UK