Rooney banned after drink-drive guilty plea

first_img0Shares0000Everton striker Wayne Rooney arrives at Stockport Magistrates’ Court in Stockport, north-west England on September 18, 2017STOCKPORT, United Kingdom, Sep 18- Former England captain Wayne Rooney was Monday banned from driving for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to drink driving.The Everton forward was stopped by police when driving a woman’s black Volkswagen Beetle at 4:00 am on September 1, while his pregnant wife and their three sons were on holiday. Rooney apologised for his “unforgivable lack of judgement” after his guilty plea at Stockport Magistrates’ Court in the northwest of England.“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,” he said in a statement.“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.”Earlier, Rooney, 31, made no comment as he was confronted by a media scrum outside the court.Wearing a blue suit with his hands in his pockets, he walked into the court building accompanied by a small entourage.He has been married to his high-school sweetheart Coleen since 2008 and they are expecting their fourth child.Everton manager Ronald Koeman said earlier this month the matter would be dealt with “internally”.Rooney was given a warm welcome at Old Trafford on his return to former club Manchester United on Sunday but it ended in disappointment with a 4-0 defeat for Everton.Rooney made a successful start to his second Everton spell following his return to the club from United, scoring on his first two Premier League appearances.His form moved England manager Gareth Southgate to offer him an international recall, but he decided to call time on his England career.Everton are currently 18th in the Premier League after three successive defeats.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgGAA: Last year’s Donegal SFC semi-final meeting between St Eunan’s and St Michael’s was undoubtedly the best game of the year in the club championship. In what was a pulsating encounter played at the end of October last year, it was St Eunan’s who pipped St Michael’s in the end by the minimum. St Eunan’s went on to win the Donegal SFC and St Michael’s were left pondering ‘what if’.At two different stages in that semi-final – St Michael’s led by four, but a crucial goal from Darragh Mulgrew dragged them back into when it looked like it was slipping away.A late, late score from Conor Gibbons decided it and it resulted in more semi-final heartache for St Michael’s.So far this year St Michael’s have looked like a team completely focused on winning silverware. They sit top of Division One and have cruised into the semi-final of the Donegal SFC with minimum fuss.Their clinical performance against Malin indicated a ruthless streak that was perhaps lacking in recent years.St Eunan’s on the other hand suffered a heavy defeat at home in a group game with fellow championship contenders and bitter rivals Naomh Conaill.However, Maxi Curran’s side have recovered well and back-to-back wins over Dungloe and Glenswilly have seen them into the last four.The manner of their victory over Glenswilly has prompted many GAA commentators to tag St Eunan’s as favourites to win back-to-back Donegal SFC titles.However, many feel St Michael’s time has come, so often they have been the ‘nearly’ men and it’s a tag they’re desperate to shake off. St Michael’s lost the 2011 Donegal SFC final and have lost a number of semi-finals – including last season’s against the eventual winners who they face again on Saturday evening.Like last year, the game will be played on a Saturday night in front of a packed house at Mac Cumhaill Park.Many expect it to be another thrilling encounter between arguably the two best sides in Donegal.Rory Kavanagh’s return from the USA has provided Maxi Curran’s side with a huge boost and the evergreen John Haran ensures they have a brilliant midfield platform. Eddie Harkin’s side is littered with Donegal stars such as Colm McFadden, Christy Toye Martin McElhinney, Daniel McLaughlin and Mark Anthony McGinley.The trio of McFadden Toye and McElhinney will be crucial for St Michael’s and Eddie Harkin will hope Andrew Kelly can continue his sensational run of form.St Michael’s have players performing superbly all over the pitch and Michael Gallagher, Ciaran Gallagher, Peter Witherow and Michael McGinley will all play crucial roles.Declan Bonner has been added to the St Michael’s management staff and his big game experience will undoubtedly help.St Eunan’s have been in this position so many times and know how to get over the line in big games.They’ll be confident they can get the victory but know they’ll face one hell of a test against St Michael’s.St Michael’s are hungry and are desperate to land their maiden Donegal SFC and they have the quality and class to do it.They probably should have won the game last year – and they’ll know their capable of beating them if they learn from their errors last season.VERDICT: St Michael’s DONEGAL SFC PREVIEW: ST EUNAN’S FACE ST MICHAEL’S IN MOUTH-WATERING SEMI-FINAL CLASH was last modified: September 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:newsSportlast_img read more