Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy has been banned from driving for 14 months on after failing a police breath test in March.
Remy was stopped by police in his Porsche Cayenne in the early hours of March 9 on the A696 dual carriageway in Northumberland. He was found to have 56mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath – well above the legal limit of 35mg.
The 27-year-old French national admitted to being more than one and a half times above the drink-drive limit at Newcastle Magistrates' Court on Tuesday. The footballer, who appeared before District Judge Jane Hamilton wearing ripped designer jeans and a black T-shirt, was issued a £3,750 fine alongside his ban, and was ordered to pay £200 costs and a victim impact charge of £120.
The Guardian reports Remy's legal representative Jonathan Dunkley as saying that his client had told him that if he had thought "for one millisecond" that he was over the limit, he "would have paid £20 and got a taxi". Dunkley added that Remy had mad a "very costly, very public mistake" having gone out to socialise with friends.
Speaking about his client, Dunkley commented: "This is a man who is a professional footballer and he recently represented his country in Brazil. He sets himself incredibly high He further added that Remy had "felt perfectly sober" to drive home.
There is currently speculation that Remy – Newcastle's top scorer last season – could move to another Premier League team for up to £15m.