Everton striker Wayne Rooney has been banned from driving for two years after he pleaded guilty to drink-driving.
He was arrested when police stopped a car in Wilmslow, Cheshire, in the early hours on September 1. He was reportedly almost three times above the legal limit when he was stopped that midnight.
A breathalyser test showed his alcohol level was 104 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath.
The drink-drive limit in England and Wales is 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath.
As the 31-year-old appeared at the Stockport Magistrates’ Court on Monday, he got the ban which was followed a 12-month communit order to perform 100 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £170 fine.
After the court sitting, the former England captain issued a public apology.
It reads “Following today’s court hearing I want publicly to 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”