Pennant given suspended jail term


The Stoke City winger Jermaine Pennant was yesterday given an eight-week jail sentence, suspended for a year, after he admitted drink-driving and driving while disqualified.

The former Arsenal and Liverpool winger was more than twice over the limit when he was stopped in the early hours of 29 April, Trafford Magistrates' Court heard. The 29-year-old, who admitted a third drink-drive conviction in eight years, was disqualified from driving for three years.

The court heard Pennant was "depressed and stressed" after turmoil in his private life.

He was arrested after being involved in a minor road crash. Pennant was breathalysed and gave a reading of 89mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Pennant had been banned from driving earlier that month, for having too many points on his licence. He admitted drink-driving, driving while disqualified, and driving without insurance.