As well as a one-year prison sentence Yassine El Ghanassy was also given a one-year driving ban and fines totalling 8,400 euro. If the La Louvière (Hainaut)-born player wants his driving licence back he will first have to take his driving test again and pass medical and psychological tests.
The footballer can appeal against the sentence if he so wishes.
It was not Yassine El Ghanassy first offence. He had had around 15 previous convictions for motoring offences. His solicitors recently appealed against the confiscation of his Porsche. A ruling on is expected in mid-October.