Firmino fined and banned for a year for drink driving


The Liverpool FC striker Roberto Firmino has been fined £20,000 and banned from driving for a year for drink driving.

Liverpool Magistrates Court was told that the 25 year old player, whose full name is Roberto Firmino Barbosa De Oliveira, was pulled over by Police on Christmas Eve on the Strand near Liverpool's waterfront.

The Range Rover he was driving was on the wrong side of the road when police spotted him. He was breathalysed and found to be over the limit.

The breathalyser reading was 46 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, compared to the legal limit of 35 milligrams per 100 millilitres of breath.

The player, who is from Brazil and speaks little English, explained through his court interpreter that he had been out with friends and family in the city centre. He pleaded guilty to drink driving.

Senior Crown Prosecutor Alison Clarkson prosecuted the case for Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service.

She said after the hearing: "Firmino chose to get into a car when he was over the legal limit to drive.

"He pleaded guilty at an early stage but that doesn't lessen the seriousness of what he did.

"The drink driving regulations are there to protect us all. Drinking just a small amount of alcohol can impair our judgement. Firmino was driving on the wrong side of the road when he was pulled over.

"This case is proof, if proof where needed, that no-one is above the law. No matter how famous a person is, if they commit an offence, they will be brought to justice."