Monday, 18 September 2017

Everton's Rooney Pleads Guilty To Drink-Driving, Gets 2-Year Driving Ban & 100 Hours' Community Service

Wayne Rooney has been banned from driving for two years after pleading guilty to being almost three times over the limit in what he described as a "terrible mistake."
The former England captain, 31, has also been fined two weeks’ wages by his club, Everton, reported to amount to £300,000.
In Rooney's statement he said: "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.

"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."
Shortly after the court hearing Rooney also tweeted his statement of apology to his 16.3 million followers.
 
He left court in a private hire Mercedes Vito Van.

Rooney's lawyer, Michael Rainford, said he 'expresses his remorse for a terrible error of judgement'.
Wearing a blue suit with his hands in his pockets, he walked into the court building accompanied by a small entourage
The Everton striker, 31, made no comment as he was confronted by a media scrum outside Stockport Magistrates' Court - he pleaded guilty when he appeared at court
He said: "Upon stopping and speaking to the police officer he was fully co-operative and compliant both at the roadside and also at the police station later on, to the extent that the officers who dealt with Mr Rooney said he was the perfect gentleman.

"What I would say, through me, Wayne Rooney wishes to express his genuine remorse for what was a terrible mistake, a terrible error of judgment on his part that evening.

"He realises he has not only let himself down very badly but his family. 'He has a wife and three young children. Of course he has let down the fans, the young people who look up to him."
John Temperley, the district judge at Stockport magistrates court, said he would not impose a fine on the Everton forward and instead banned him from the roads for two years.

He also sentenced Rooney to a 12-month community order with 120 hours of unpaid work.

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