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When they're not painting their cars in 'interesting' colour schemes or being asked not to drive anymore, it seems footballers just can't help but veer on the side of controversy.

Enter Robin Van Persie - who made an appearance in The Sun today for, wait for it, parking in a disabled bay.

We admit it's probably not the most severe misdemeanour that an individual has ever been charged with, but it's still worth a mention. After all, rules are rules.

What's more, we think there's a degree of poetry about a man who spends his career keeping fit not being able to walk an extra few hundred feet.

To his credit, Mr Van Persie is reported to have moved his Audi A5 from the space immediately after discovering the mistake. It's just a shame that, as the space was at Manchester airport, he'd left the country for two days in the mean time.

"He didn't seem to care that he left his car in a disabled bay for 48 hours," an onlooker told The Sun.

"It wasn't even parked in the space properly. The disabled bay has massive yellow lines so he must have known where he was parking. It's probably just laziness."

Manchester Airport says it won't be taking action against the 29 year old striker, a spokesman saying "It looks like a mistake on his part".

Van Persie isn't the only high-profile person to be caught parking where they shouldn't, though - artist Chris Brown was reportedly given more than a telling off after racking up a staggering 95 parking tickets for parking in various disabled bays in California.

According to celebrity news site TMZ, the star had all of the tickets - totalling around $15,000 - dismissed by a court.