The footballer appeared in court earlier today
Wayne Rooney has spoken out for the first time since his arrest earlier this month.
The footballer appeared at Stockport Magistrates’ Court today, where he pleaded guilty to a charge of drink-driving.
He was arrested when police stopped a car in Wilmslow, Cheshire in the early hours of 1 September. He was with a 29-year-old office worker at the time, after reportedly spending the evening at a bar four miles from his mansion.
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.
He will also pay £170, and his solicitor has confirmed that he expects to be fined two weeks’ wages by his club Everton FC, which will amount to around £300,000.
Wayne issued a statement on his website after the hearing, which read: ‘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.’
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Wayne’s wife Coleen was on holiday at the time of the incident, although she arrived back in the country shortly after.
The 31-year-old – who’s pregnant with her and Wayne’s fourth child – hasn’t directly spoken out about her husband’s situation, but has tweeted: ‘Please can photographers have respect and stop following me with my three children in the car…. it’s dangerous and I’ve had enough [sic].’
She and Wayne married in 2008, after six years of dating. They welcomed first son Kai in 2009, who was followed by Klay in 2013 and third boy Kit in 2016.