Footballer given drink-driving ban

Cardiff City striker Ross McCormack has been banned from driving for 17 months and fined £2,500 after pleading guilty to drink-driving in the Welsh capital.

McCormack, who also plays for the Scottish international team, was arrested after crashing his silver Range Rover Sport into metal railings on October 25.

Cardiff Magistrates' Court heard the 23-year-old had "a couple of drinks" with friends in the city and was driving home in the early hours when the accident happened. A breathalyser result showed he was nearly twice the legal limit, with 64mg of alcohol in 100mg - when drivers must have under 35mg.

Deputy District Judge Mark Layton said during sentencing: "It was extremely foolish to take the decision to drive on the night in question."

He ordered McCormack to pay a £2,500 fine and an additional £100 in costs and victim surcharge.

McCormack was disqualified from driving for 17 months, but will be eligible for a 25% discount if he pays for and completes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.

His bosses at Cardiff City are to impose their own separate disciplinary procedures.

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