Joelinton of Newcastle United admitted to driving under the influence and was punished with a £29,000 fine and a driving restriction.
At 01:20 GMT on January 12, police pulled over the Brazilian player’s Mercedes G-Wagen in Ponteland Road, Newcastle, and took him into custody.
The 26-year-old received a reading of 43 micrograms of alcohol per 100 milliliters of breath, which was higher than the allowed limit of 35.
At Newcastle Magistrates’ Court, district judge Paul Currer suspended his driving privileges for a period of one year.
If Joelinton successfully completes a rehabilitation program, this sentence will be reduced to nine months.
The footballer’s weekly salary was listed in records as being £43,000. In addition to the fine, the judge ordered him to pay a £2,000 surcharge and £85 in expenses.
He claimed that he was persuaded by Joelinton’s repentance after considering his early guilty plea and cooperation with the police.
“You placed yourself in real jeopardy and it could have had disastrous consequences for the lives of others,” he told the player.
“I sincerely hope you have learned from this mistake and we don’t see you in this court again.”
Officers saw the player’s car traveling at a high rate of speed close to St James’ Park, according to prosecutor Jonathan Stirland, and asked the driver to stop.
In one of two subsequent tests conducted at the Forth Banks police station, his roadside breath test result of 50 micrograms per 100 ml of breath dropped to 43 micrograms, the court was informed.
The footballer admitted to investigators that he had consumed two glasses of wine earlier in the evening. He was identified as Joelinton Cassio and charged with living in Ponteland, Northumberland.
Eddie Howe, the manager of Newcastle United, did not bench the midfielder following the incident, but Joelinton’s attorney warned the court that he would face disciplinary action from the team.
The player, who joined the club in 2019 for £40 million, has been a crucial component of the group’s success and scored the game-winning goal against Southampton on Monday in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semifinal.
He had previously received a £200 punishment for violating the lockdown rules in order to get a haircut.
Joelinton Cássio Apolinário de Lira, a Brazilian-born professional football player for Newcastle United of the Premier League, was born on August 14, 1996.
Joelinton began his professional career with Sport Recife before joining Hoffenheim in 2015 and spending two years on loan at Rapid Wien in 2016.
He has also received a national team call-up for Brazil’s under-17 squad.
Career At Newcastle
Joelinton signed a six-year contract with Newcastle United on July 23, 2019, reportedly for a club record fee of £40 million.
The club’s all-time leading scorer Alan Shearer criticized him and teammate Miguel Almirón for their performances after he made his debut on August 11 and started in their 1-0 loss to Arsenal at home.
On August 25, Joelinton scored his first Premier League goal during a 1-0 away victory over Tottenham Hotspur.
He didn’t score his second goal for the team until January 14, 2020, when he scored the winning goal in a 4-1 FA Cup Third Round replay victory over Rochdale.
He broke a 2,130-minute goalless streak on June 21 in a 3-0 victory over Sheffield United by scoring his first league goal at home.
In 38 appearances for the team, of which six were from the bench in the 2019–20 season, oelinton scored two goals.
He doubled his total to four goals in the 2020–21 campaign, scoring them in 31 appearances, eight of which were as a substitute.
Joelinton has been used as a box-to-box central midfielder since Eddie Howe became Newcastle United’s manager during the 2021–22 season, and his performances have significantly improved.
As a result, he is now a fan favorite, with the crowd frequently flying a flag in his honor before home games.
Joelinton became an essential member of Newcastle’s midfield as a result of his adaptation to a deeper role, frequently making crucial interceptions and tackles to stop opposition play.
His performances were in sharp contrast to those of earlier Premier League seasons.
Joelinton’s career comeback at a deeper position earned him the Newcastle United Player of the Year Award for the 2021–22 season.
Northumbria Police reported that they had charged Joelinton with drunk driving on January 12, 2023.