Wayne Rooney has appeared in court and admitted drink-driving. The 31-year-old was banned from driving for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order.
In a statement issued after the hearing, the Everton footballer said: "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."
Judge Temperley said: "This is a serious matter... you placed yourself and other road users at risk as a result of your poor judgement that night.
"I accept your remorse is genuine and that you are aware of the adverse affects the events of that night have had, not least on your family."
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1 Posted 18/09/2017 at 19:07:05
I hope his community service isn't the predicatble coaching kids as that's not punishment but rather something he will hate like brushing the streets of this City or doing work in an old folks home.
2 Posted 18/09/2017 at 19:16:48
3 Posted 18/09/2017 at 19:21:33
5 Posted 19/09/2017 at 06:28:15
Let him and his family get away for a break and sort themselves out and he will come back like a new signing. Good luck to him, he is one of us and always will be.
6 Posted 19/09/2017 at 09:00:57
7 Posted 19/09/2017 at 09:46:00
I didn't want him back at GP but he is back and I, like everyone else, has to accept and make the most of it from a pure footballing standpoint, I can't see any merit or justice in leaving him out of the team as a punishment for DUI.
Those with long(ish) memories will recall the groundswell sense of injustice when, having served a prison sentence for his offence, the SFA also banned Duncan Ferguson. Double jeopardy we called it and Rooney would be entitled to feel the same if the Club added to his judicial sentence by suspending him.
I've read that the Club is to fine him I assume this will be for drinking rather than for DUI.
8 Posted 19/09/2017 at 10:00:07
I don't understand why some people are still laying into him. Everyone makes mistakes, they should pay for them, but they should also be supported through them.
You're all supporters so support.
9 Posted 19/09/2017 at 10:25:29
10 Posted 19/09/2017 at 10:26:20
11 Posted 19/09/2017 at 10:30:36
I simply do not understand why Everton supporters on are his back, when he's still the most talented player in our entire squad.
Did you see his performance against Man Utd?! The kid is still a class act, holding the ball up, running end to end, he gassed himself – unlike half of the rest of them.
13 Posted 19/09/2017 at 12:52:24
As someone who lost a family member due to a drink driver, I don't see why I should just turn a blind eye to Rooney's disgraceful actions and just 'support' him.
Exactly like Stephen (#10), I support the club, not Wayne Rooney.
14 Posted 19/09/2017 at 17:46:09
He was way over the limit, and voluntarily pulled over without causing any injury or problem. I see that as a different offence.
Yes, he could have caused death or injury, but he didn't, did he.
15 Posted 19/09/2017 at 18:54:07
16 Posted 26/09/2017 at 09:23:31
17 Posted 26/09/2017 at 09:25:35
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