VALENCIA, Spain (AFP) - Valencia's 19-year-old midfielder Ever Banega was questioned by Spanish police in the early hours of Monday morning for failing an alcohol test while at the wheel of his car.
The club, confirming this latest incident involving the Argentina under-20 international, stated on its website: "He committed a driving offence and subsequently gave a positive test for alcohol."
Banega, who did not have enough alcohol in his system to be formally arrested, will doubtless now have to face a few questions from Valencia's disciplinarian coach Ronald Koeman.
The 2002 and 2004 Spanish champions signed highly regarded Banega for 18 million euros from Argentine side Boca Juniors in January but his first few weeks in Spain have already been surrounded by scandal.
A video of Banega in a state of undress, as he displayed himself on a webcam, was circulated widely on the internet around the time of his arrival at Valencia.
Banega's run in with the police is just the latest incident Koeman has had to deal with since he took over at the helm at Valencia.
As well as Banega's exploits, Manuel Fernandes was arrested over a fracas in a disco and shipped out on loan to English Premiership side Everton while former captain David Albelda is suing Valencia as he attempts to free himself of his contract.
Along with Albelda, fellow Spanish internationals Santi Canizares and Miguel Angel Angulo were shown the door by Koeman in December and told to look for other clubs.
The off-the-field distractions have contributed to Valencia's form plummeting.
They have only won three times in their last La Liga 16 games and they have slipped steadily down the table to their current ninth place although they have made it to the semi-finals of the Spanish Cup.