Joelinton, a midfielder for 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.
He warned the gamer, “You put yourself in genuine danger and it could have had devastating effects for the lives of others.”
We won’t see you in this court again, I genuinely hope you’ve learned from this misstep.
Image source: Owen HUMPHREYS/PA Media Joelinton outside the Newcastle Magistrates Court
The judge declared that he was persuaded by Joelinton’s sincerity.
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.
Later, he expressed his regret to the crowd, stating he would do his best to “learn the lessons” from the experience and serve as an example for others.
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 obtain a haircut.