Wayne Rooney pleads guilty to drink-driving charge as former England captain is given two-year ban

Everton footballer was nearly three times over the legal drink-driving limit

Jack de Menezes
Monday 18 September 2017 11:39
Wayne Rooney has been banned from driving for two years
Wayne Rooney has been banned from driving for two years

Wayne Rooney has pleaded guilty to a charge of drink-driving at Stockport Magistrates’ Court and has been banned for two years after being stopped by police behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Beetle earlier this month.

The former England captain has also been given a 12-month community order and will have to undertake 100 hours of community service.

The 31-year-old was pulled over by police at around 2am on the morning of 1 September, having been pictured at a bar in Manchester the night before. Police confirmed on Monday that a breathalyser test revealed Rooney to have 104 milligrams of alcohol in 100ml of breath provided, nearly three times the legal limit of 35mg.

The player's solicitor also confirmed that the former England striker expects to be fined two weeks’ wages by Everton, which will amount to around £300,000.

Rooney, who left Manchester United to return to Everton in the summer, issued an immediate statement to Press Association to confirm he accepts the sentence, and he apologised to fans that he had let them down by driving while over the limit.

The statement read: “Following today’s court hearing I want to publicly apologise for my unforgiveable lack of judgement in driving while over the legal limit. It was completely wrong.

“I have already said sorry to my family, my manager and chairman and everyone at Everton FC. Now I want to apologise to all the fans and everyone else who has followed and supported me throughout my career.

“Of course I accept the sentence of the court and hope that I can make some amends through my community service.”

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in