Liverpool & Brazilian forward fined £20,000, banned for a year after admitting drink-driving charge


Roberto Firmino Driving charge: Liverpool player admits drink-driving charge

Brazilian And Liverpool forward fined £20,000 and banned for a year after admitting drink-driving charge.


Roberto Firmino was charged at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday

Roberto Firmino Driving charge Brazilian Star Roberto Firmino has been banned from driving for a year and fined £20,000 for drink-driving case.

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The 25-year-old Brazil international was arrested after his Range Rover was stopped in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of Christmas Eve last month.

In a statement in court, the Liverpool FC forward said what he did was wrong and “apologised without reservation”.

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The club said it had “disciplined” him but the action would remain private and it would not affect his selection.

‘Bad example’

Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard Firmino was arrested on Strand Street after his car was seen to cross into the opposite carriageway near Central bus station.

He was taken to a police station and breathalysed.

Michael Hogan, defending the liverpool man, said the incident happened the day after the footballer’s family home was targeted by burglars who were “prepared to use extreme force”.

In a statement issued after the hearing in court, Firmino said: “I apologise, without reservation, to the club, the manager, my team-mates and the supporters for putting myself in this situation. What I have done is wrong and sets a bad example.

“I promise to everyone in the LFC family that I will learn from this mistake, learn from this experience, and not repeat it in the future.”

The club said the player had been disciplined but declined to say what action had been taken.

In a statement, they said: “The player has been disciplined by the club for his actions and reminded of his responsibilities for the present and future.

“The nature of this action will remain private, however it does not impact on his availability for selection for matches.

“The club considers this to be an isolated incident and a rare lapse in judgement and professionalism. We will, however, work with the player to further educate him on the dangers associated with drink-driving specifically.”

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