LUKAKU COPS IT

... but £75m buy won’t face court over party

Daily Mail - - Football - by JACK GAUGHAN @Jack­_Gaughan

ManCHESTER United’s new £75mil­lion sign­ing Romelu lukaku will be spared a court ap­pear­ance in los an­ge­les af­ter an em­bar­rass­ing brush with the law.

lukaku was ar­rested for ‘ex­ces­sive noise’ dur­ing what is said to have been a bois­ter­ous party at his rented hol­i­day home in Bev­erly Hills last Sun­day.

The striker was not hand­cuffed or taken to a sta­tion but of­fi­cers had al­ready re­sponded to five sep­a­rate com­plaints that evening. He was given a ci­ta­tion and is likely to pay a nom­i­nal fine, with a court date set for Oc­to­ber 2.

lukaku, who links up with his new United team- mates in Cal­i­for­nia today, is not re­quired to make a fur­ther trip to amer­ica to ap­pear in court.

That means his first cam­paign at United will not be dis­rupted and he will be free to play for Bel­gium dur­ing the in­ter­na­tional break.

The 24-year-old can send le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion in his ab­sence or, as is more likely, set­tle with the los an­ge­les air­port Court­house within 90 days of the of­fence.

doc­u­ments when the Bev­erly Hills mu­nic­i­pal code was up­dated in 2011 sug­gest lukaku would ex­pect to pay up to $1,000.

a po­lice state­ment read: ‘ On July 2, 2017, at ap­prox­i­mately 8:00 PM, Bev­erly Hills Po­lice de­part­ment of­fi­cers ar­rested a 24-year- old male sub­ject by the name of Romelu lukaku Bolin­goli.

‘Bolin­goli re­ceived a mis­de­meanour ci­ta­tion for Bev­erly Hills Mu­nic­i­pal Code Vi­o­la­tion 5-1-104 — Ex­ces­sive noise. The ci­ta­tion was is­sued af­ter of­fi­cers re­sponded to five other noise com­plaints from the same lo­ca­tion, which re­sulted in ver­bal warn­ings.

‘These noise vi­o­la­tions oc­curred at a res­i­dence in Bev­erly Hills where Bolin­goli was tem­po­rar­ily re­sid­ing. Bolin­goli was re­leased at the scene with the ci­ta­tion and was not phys­i­cally ar­rested.’

lukaku was not named in United’s tour party of the US yes­ter­day as his trans­fer from Ever­ton, which could even­tu­ally hit £ 90m, was not for­mally an­nounced at that stage. ad­nan Januzaj and Sam John­stone were other no­table ab­sen­tees as they seek moves away from Old Traf­ford.

lukaku re­vealed Paul Pogba, with whom he shared the Bev­erly Hills hol­i­day man­sion, had helped to con­vince him of a move to United rather than Chelsea.

This rep­re­sents an in­trigu­ing re­union with Jose Mour­inho, who let the striker leave Stamford Bridge per­ma­nently in 2014.

‘I’ve been talk­ing to Pogba for about seven or eight years,’ lukaku told ESPn. ‘and now he’s liv­ing in Manchester. I live in Manchester. He lives like down the road from where I live, so we’re to­gether on a daily ba­sis.

‘He was ex­plain­ing to me how it went at the club and it trig­gered some­thing in my head. When the op­por­tu­nity came, I didn’t have to think twice.

‘Mour­inho’s a guy who I wanted to play for since I was 10 years old, so now to have the op­por­tu­nity to work un­der him again is great. We’ve been in con­tact. He ex­plained to me how the club was like, what he ex­pects from me. You know, we were to­gether un­der dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stances (at Chelsea),’ he said.

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