Stoke striker Saido Berahino found guilty of drink-driving

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Stoke City striker Saido Berahino has been banned from driving for 30 months and forced to pay a fine of £75,000, after being found guilty of drink-driving.

The former Premier League player was nearly three times over the alcohol limit when stopped by police.

He had just been the victim of attempted robbery minutes beforehand.

The 25-year-old, who is currently suspended by the Potters without pay, was stopped in the early hours of the 18th of February in London’s West End.

He had not been driving the vehicle prior to the moment where he was attacked. His girlfriend had been behind the wheel and the court believed that she could have continued driving the car. The thieves stole a watch and a couple of diamond necklaces.

His barrister mentioned Berahno’s fear over the recent spate of knife-crimes in London, leading him to look for a quick getaway from the incident.

Highbury Corner Magistrates Court heard that there was no disputing that the robbery took place, but found no risk to his life or fear of serious injury, leading to the decision by the court to fine and ban him.

The courtroom heard that Berahino had a previous conviction for drinking and driving back in 2015. It was also mentioned that he had been convicted for being drunk and in charge of a vehicle, back in 2012.

He said: “I was scared. I had just been attacked and obviously, my niece was there. I had to drive off from the scene.”

Burundi international Berahino has not played for Stoke since his initial arrest for the incident, having been suspended back in February. He is due to head out to play international football in the African Cup of Nations, this summer.

On the domestic front, it remains to be seen whether the club and manager Nathan Jones now pursue the option of trying to end his contract. He made 26 appearances last season, scoring five goals.

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