Liverpool ace Roberto Firmino appears in court on drink-driving charge
Wed, February 1, 2017
Roberto Firmino has appeared in court on a drink-driving charge
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Roberto Firmino pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol
The Liverpool ace was stopped by police while driving his Range Rover on Strand Street in Liverpool city centre at 3am on Christmas Eve.
Michael Hogan, defending the 25-year-old, said the incident happened the day after the footballer's family home was targeted by burglars who were "prepared to use extreme force".
Roberto Firmino pleaded guilty to the drink-driving charge
"I apologise, without reservation, to the club, the manager, my teammates and the supporters for putting myself in this situation," said Firmino. "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."
Liverpool released a statement after the hearing: "The player has been disciplined by the club for his actions and reminded of his responsibilities for the present and the future.
"The nature of this action will remain private, however it does not impact on his availability for selection in matches.
"The club considers this to be an isolated incident, and a rare lapse in judgement and professionalism.
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"We will work with the player to further educate him on the dangers associated with drink driving specifically."