Liverpool midfielder Luis Alberto has been found guilty of drink driving after a night at a friends house on March 31st.
The 21-year-old was driving his white Porsche home and after reportedly swerving in the road was asked to complete a breathalyser test.
The police originally thought that Alberto was on his phone whilst driving when they pulled the Liverpool player over. He was found to be nearly twice the legal limit of 35mg when the test was completed. The youngster has no other convictions to his name, and lawyer Michael Hogan insists it is not his normal pattern of behaviour.
"This is the first time Luis has been out properly since he moved to Liverpool. He is unused to strong alcohol and his drinking habits are usually modest. He will find it difficult as a professional footballer to be without the use of his car." said Hogan.
Alberto will have to pay a fine of £1500 along with a £150 victim charge. He is banned for driving for 12 months unless he completes a drink driving course within six months, in which case the ban will be reduced to nine months, the court heard.
His Liverpool side sit top of the Premier League with three games to go and are attempting to win their first league title in 24 years. Alberto though has struggled to make an impact in the first team given the success and form of their other young players such as Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling, both of whom look certain to feature for England at the World Cup this summer.
Alberto joined the Reds from Sevilla for £6.8m following a promising season in Barcelona's B side. Both himself and Iago Aspas have not been given much time on the pitch to prove themselves following moves from Spain, with their long-term futures now very much open to debate.
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