Everton FC midfielder, and former England captain, Wayne Rooney, has issued a tearful apology to his family, club, fans and manager after he was handed a two-year ban for drink driving almost three times above the legal limit.
The 31-year-old appeared before Stockport Magistrates Court on Monday and admitted to be drunk when the police stopped his car at Wimslow, Cheshire while he was driving around 2am GMT on September 1.
The court ruled that he should perform 100 hours of unpaid as part of 12 months of community service.
He was also ordered to pay a fine of £170.
In the apology posted on Twitter, Wayne wrote: “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. Wayne”