Former England captain and Everton forward Wayne Rooney has been banned from driving for two years after he pleaded guilty to a drink-driving charge. He has also been ordered to pay £170 fine and perform 100 hours work as part of a 12-month community order.
Earlier in September, the 31-year-old was arrested by police while driving a black Volkswagen Beetle in Wilmslow, Cheshire. The owner of the car was a woman who had met Rooney in a bar on a night out.
Rooney has publicly apologised for his act in a statement.
“Following today’s court hearing I want publicly to apologise for my unforgivable lack of judgment in driving while over the legal limit. It was completely wrong,” he said.
“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,” he further said.
Rooney added that he accepts the sentence and is looking forward to make amends through community service.
“Of course I accept the sentence of the court and hope that I can make some amends through my community service.”
Rooney’s conviction comes a day after he played in Everton’s 4-0 loss against his former club Manchester United.
Meanwhile, Everton have asked Rooney to pay two weeks wages as fine after pleading guilty to the charge.