Joelinton fined £29k after drinl-driving


Joelinton, a Newcastle player, was fined £29,000 and banned from driving for a year.

A breath test revealed that the 26-year-old had 43 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath. It is higher than the legal limit of 35.

District judge Paul Currer imposed a 12-month driving ban on him at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court.

If Joelinton successfully completes a rehabilitation program, his sentence may reduce to nine months.

The fine was calculated by the judge based on documents showing the footballer’s weekly wage of £43,000. He was also ordered to pay a £2,000 surcharge and £85 costs.

He stated that he was convinced of Joelinton’s remorse after considering his early guilty plea and compliance with officers.

“You put yourself in real danger, and the consequences could have been disastrous for the lives of others,” he told the player.

“I sincerely hope you’ve learned your lesson and that we don’t see you in this court again.”

Prosecutor Jonathan Stirland said officers spotted the player’s car speeding near St James’ Park and asked the driver to stop.

According to the court, his roadside breath test resulted in 50 micrograms per 100ml of breath, which was reduced to 43 micrograms in one of two subsequent tests at Forth Banks police station.

The player, identified as Joelinton Cassio and residing in Ponteland, Northumberland, told officers he had consumed two glasses of wine earlier in the evening.

The midfielder was not dropped by Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe following the charge. But Joelinton’s barrister told the court he would face disciplinary proceedings within the club.

Joelinton’s stats

He joined the club for £40 million in 2019, has been a key part of the team’s success and scored the game-winning goal against Southampton in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg on Monday.

He was previously fined £200 for violating lockdown restrictions in order to get a haircut.

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