Wayne Rooney was being banned from driving for two years after pleading guilty to being almost three times over the limit in what he described as a “terrible mistake”.
The former England captain,Wayne Rooney, 31, has also been fined two weeks’ wages by his club, Everton, reported to amount to £300,000.
John Temperley, the district judge at Stockport magistrates court, said he would not impose a fine on the Everton forward and instead banned him from the roads for two years. He also sentenced Rooney to a 12-month community order with 120 hours of unpaid work.
A breathalyser test showed Wayne Rooney alcohol level was 104 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath.
The drink-drive limit in England and Wales is 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath.
In a statement issued after the hearing, the Everton footballer said: “I want publicly to apologise for my unforgivable lack of judgment in driving while over the legal limit. It was completely wrong.
“I have already said sorry to my family, my manager and chairman and everyone at Everton FC. Now I want to apologise to all the fans and everyone else who has followed and supported me throughout my career. said Wayne Rooney
“Of course, I accept the sentence of the court and hope that I can make some amends through my community service.”
Wearing a blue suit with his hands in his pockets, Wayne Rooney walked into the court building accompanied by a small entourage.
Kate Gaskell, prosecuting, said a police officer on patrol was on duty in Altrincham Road, Wilmslow, at 02:10 BST when they noticed the rear tail-light of a Volkswagen Beetle on the left-hand side had gone out.
She said the officer intended to follow the vehicle but it pulled over with Rooney seen to be at the wheel with a female in the front passenger seat.
Ms Gaskell said the footballer provided a positive roadside breath test before he was taken to a police station where the reading was confirmed.
The court heard that Rooney currently had three points on his driving license for a speeding offence on August 24 2016.
Rooney’s legal team had asked District Judge John Temperley to consider not imposing a community order because of his ongoing charitable work.
However, the judge said he was “not convinced” that imposing a large fine “would have the same effect”.
‘A serious matter’
Rooney’s lawyer, Mike Rainford, told the court it was likely that Everton would fine the player two weeks’ wages, which the BBC understands to be about £300,000.
Judge Temperley said: “This is a serious matter… you placed yourself and other road users at risk as a result of your poor judgement that night.
“I accept your remorse is genuine and that you are aware of the adverse effects the events of that night have had, not least on your family.”
Rooney was also told to pay £85 prosecution costs and a victim surcharge for the same amount.