Former Manchester United forward, Wayne Rooney was also sentenced to over 100 hours of unpaid community service and a 12 month community order after appearing in court today.
The court was informed that Rooney was almost three times the legal limit. A breathalyzer test showed his alcohol level was 104 micrograms in 100 millilitres of breath. The drink-drive limit in England and Wales is 35 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath.
Following the sentence, the Everton forward put out a statement that read: “Following today’s court hearing I want to publicly apologize for my unforgivable lack of judgment in driving while over the legal limit. It was completely wrong.
“I have already sorry to my family, my manager and chairman and everyone else at Everton FC. Now I want to apologize to all the fans and everyone else who has followed and supported me throughout my career.
Rooney was also told to pay £85 prosecution costs and a victim surcharge for the same amount.
The 31 year olds legal team unsuccessfully tried to convince the Judge not to impose a community order citing his ongoing charitable work but the Judge wasn’t convinced and said:
“This is a serious matter, you placed yourself and other road users at risk as a result of your poor judgment 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.”
Wayne Rooney, whose wife Coleen is pregnant with their fourth child, returned to Old Trafford on Sunday for the first time since leaving Manchester United to rejoin Everton.
The former United captain was given a warm welcome and left to a standing ovation when he was substituted in the 82nd minute of a match that ended 4-0 in favor of United.