Rooney apologized for his "unforgivable lack of
judgment" in a statement issued after he entered his guilty plea
at Stockport Magistrates' Court, near Manchester in northwest
The 31-year-old was arrested in the early hours of Sept. 1 while
driving over the prescribed alcohol limit in the northwestern
county of Cheshire.
Television footage showed him arriving at court on Monday
wearing a dark suit.
In addition to the two-year driving ban, Rooney was ordered to
perform 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community
order, the PA reported.
"I want publicly to apologize for my unforgivable lack of
judgment in driving while over the legal limit. It was
completely wrong," Rooney said in a statement.
Rooney announced in August he was retiring from national team
duty, ending a 14-year stint in which he became England's top
scorer with 53 goals.
In July, Rooney returned to Everton, his boyhood club, after 13
years with Manchester United.
"I have already said sorry to my family, my manager and chairman
and everyone at Everton FC. Now I want to apologize to all the
fans and everyone else who has followed and supported me
throughout my career," Rooney said.
(Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; Editing by William Schomberg)
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