Wayne Rooney banned after admitting drink-driving

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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."

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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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Ste Traverse
1 Posted 18/09/2017 at 19:07:05
He's a dickhead. I've no time at all for selfish drink drivers.

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.

Steve Woods
2 Posted 18/09/2017 at 19:16:48
Ste, he might actually enjoy doing work in some old folks homes (cough).
John Pickles
3 Posted 18/09/2017 at 19:21:33
I'd make him do the latter Ste, dealing with rubbish is too much like his day job.
Gerry Killen
5 Posted 19/09/2017 at 06:28:15
He has been publicly humiliated in front of the World, just not being able to climb into his car for two years will really hurt... but the Club should stand him down for two weeks to show everyone there is NO favouritism for anyone. How do the other players feel when they have been training hard and he has been on the Turps?

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.

Will Mabon
6 Posted 19/09/2017 at 09:15:19
How do the other players feel when they have been training hard and he has been on the Turps?"


,"How do the other players feel when they have been training hard and he has been on the Turps? "

Jealous?,,BlueKfrog,1,09:00:57,,,ok,19747,09/19/2017 09:00:57,Overdrive,reader,, 851996,35501,toffeeweb,19/09/2017,Sam Hoare,sam_hoare@hotmail.com,"John@38 my argument is definitely based on hope! I fully admit that there is not enough if any sign of progress yet. But nonetheless, experience suggests that these things can take time and we have had an unbelievably tough start to the season.

Like I said, if there's still no sign of progress in another 6 weeks, when we have played a variety of teams and not just the top 4, then I'll be prepared to get out the banners...

Martin Nicholls
7 Posted 19/09/2017 at 09:46:00
To be fair to him, he didn't try to wriggle out of it through some technical legal loophole like his odious former manager Ferguson would have done.

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.

James Marshall
8 Posted 19/09/2017 at 10:00:07
He fucked up, he's paying the price. Not just in fines (£300k by the club?), but in the humiliation of it all, and the price he'll pay with his family.

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.

James Marshall
9 Posted 19/09/2017 at 10:25:29
This just about sums it up for me :)


Stephen Smyth
10 Posted 19/09/2017 at 10:26:20
James (#8) – I support Everton... not Rooney. How many mistakes has Rooney made over the years? Unfortunately we have been lumbered with him because of some vanity project cooked up with him and Kenwright.

James Marshall
11 Posted 19/09/2017 at 10:30:36
Lumbered? He was our best player in pretty much every game this season! He's also the only player who's scored any league goals for us!

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.

Ste Traverse
13 Posted 19/09/2017 at 12:52:24
What a beaut you are, James.

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.

James Marshall
14 Posted 19/09/2017 at 17:46:09
Ste – how does that tar everyone with the same brush? I can only imagine how awful it is to lose a family member in such circumstances, but that has nothing to do with Wayne Rooney.

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.

Matthew Williams
15 Posted 19/09/2017 at 18:54:07
He's our only class act in the squad & the only reason neutral footy fans globally watch us play!
Dermot Byrne
16 Posted 26/09/2017 at 09:23:31
This issue done with I know but a satirical site I love did this very funny piece


James Marshall
17 Posted 26/09/2017 at 09:25:35
Ha! Yeah I posted this on another thread, Dermot - it was roundly ignored there too!

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