England star banned from driving for nine months


England footballer Jack Grealish has been banned from driving for nine months and fined a total of R 1.6 million after crashing his Range Rover during March’s Covid-19 lockdown.

The 25-year-old Aston Villa captain was sentenced at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, after previously pleading guilty to two charges, including one linked to the incident in which his 4×4 hit two parked vehicles.

A judge was told that a witness said Grealish smelled of intoxicating liquor and was slurring his words immediately after the crash on March 29.

The Premier League star, of Barnt Green, Worcestershire, was involved in the incident less than 24 hours after issuing a Twitter video message urging people to stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS.

He also pleaded guilty to a separate offence of careless driving after prosecutors said an unmarked police car spotted him driving at more than 90mph along the M42 at “close to an intimidating distance” on October 18.

Grealish was also ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge, all payable within seven days.

The winger will also have to apply for a new licence, once his ban ends.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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