Wayne Rooney has been banned from driving for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order after Rooney pleaded guilty to drink driving.
Rooney was driving a woman’s black Volkswagen Beetle in Wilmslow, Cheshire, at 2 a.m. on September 1st while his pregnant wife and their three sons were away on holiday.
In a statement issued to Press Association Sport, Rooney issued an apology.
“Following today’s court hearing I want publicly to apologise for my unforgivable 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.”
District Judge John Temperley denied Rooney’s legal team’s request to consider not imposing a community order due to Rooney’s charity work, stating that he was “not convinced” that a large fine “would have the same effect.”
Rooney was almost three times the legal limit and was also told to pay £85 prosecution costs and a victim surcharge for the same amount.