Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has been banned from driving for a year and fined £20,ooo after admitting to drink-driving.
The Brazilian appeared before Liverpool Magistrates’ Court today over an incident that occurred during the early hours of Christmas Eve.
Firmino was stopped by police in Liverpool city centre at 3am on 24 December before being breathalysed. This came a day after his family home had been targeted by burglars.
The 25-year-old’s hearing was pushed back to allow him to feature in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield.
He released a statement shortly after the sentencing, saying: “I apologise, without reservation, to the club, the manager, my team-mates and the supporters for putting myself in this situation. What I have done is wrong and sets a bad example,” as quoted by the Independent.
“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.”
A Liverpool spokesperson also commented on the outcome of the hearing, saying: “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.”
“We will work with the player to further educate him on the dangers associated with drink driving specifically.”
Firmino is available for selection with Liverpool set to face the Premier League’s bottom club Hull this Saturday.
The former Hoffenheim man has been a prominent figure under Jurgen Klopp this season, scoring nine goals from 28 appearances across all competitions.