Football Ligue 1

Verratti arrested for drink driving

On Tuesday, Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti was arrested for failing a breathalyser test after being stopped by police in his car.

The incident was confirmed by the French champions in a statement released on Friday.

“By virtue of the rules applicable in the contracts of all of our players, he will have a portion of his monthly ethical bonus withdrawn,” the club said in a statement.

“That is in place to remind players of the exemplary behaviour they must show.”

The player has also been forced to apologise to the hierarchy and staff of the club.

He was arrested at 3.00am on the outskirts of Paris with a blood alcohol level of 0.49 which is almost twice the legal limit of 0.25, according to French newspaper L’Equipe.

Before returning home, the player had to spend several hours sobering up in a cell and risks a long suspension of his driver’s licence.

Nicknamed ‘the little owl’, the 25-year-old has gained a reputation as a lover of the Parisian night life, not befitting of a professional player of the highest level.

It remains to be seen if he will also be sanctioned by coach Thomas Tuchel for their home game against Lille on Friday night with some form of disciplinary action.

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