Premier League midfielder Bob Malcolm was fined and banned from driving for 20 months for parking his car in the middle lane of a major highway and falling asleep at the wheel.
Bob Malcolm, 27, a midfielder with Derby County, said he had been "overtaken by tiredness" and thought he had pulled over to the side of the road. The driver of a recovery vehicle found him slumped over the wheel of his silver Range Rover and had to wake him up before calling the police.
On the QPR website Malcolm said: "I want to apologise to all the supporters and in particular the young fans. I recognise that footballers are role models and that, as such, they should set a positive example. On this occasion, I have failed to do that.
"But I must say that I was very upset and frustrated with the poor performance of the referee in our match at Plymouth the evening before."
QPR had lost 2-1 on Boxing Day to a winner scored in the fourth minute of injury-time.
A typical reaction to any spate of questionable officiating, I must say. Remember during the AFC Divisional playoffs, after Antonio Cromartie's interception return for a touchdown was overruled by a phantom holding call right before half? As soon as he got to the locker room, what happened? Voila. Passed out. Happens to all of us. -Christmas Ape