Sam own goal over drink ban

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A LEAD­ING po­lice of­fi­cer crit­i­cised for­mer Eng­land foot­ball boss Sam Al­lardyce over his “in­fu­ri­at­ing” drink-drive com­ments on a ra­dio show.

Chief Insp Dave Keen hit out at host Alan Brazil, 59, and guest Al­lardyce, 63, claim­ing they were “try­ing to min­imise drink-driv­ing and speed­ing”.

In a ten-minute con­ver­sa­tion on ex-foot­baller Brazil’s break­fast show, the pair ap­peared to play down Tot­ten­ham star Hugo Lloris’ 20-month ban and £50,000 fine for plead­ing guilty to drink-driv­ing.

Brazil, who won the UEFA Cup with Ip­swich Town in 1981, said he didn’t think for­eign play­ers drank al­co­hol much.

He also asked if the France in­ter­na­tional was over the limit af­ter sup­ping “three glasses of Cham­pagne” or had still been cel­e­brat­ing his coun­try’s re­cent World Cup win.

For­mer Ever­ton and Crys­tal Palace man­ager Al­lardyce called the player’s fine “a bit hefty” and con­demned the courts for mak­ing law-break­ers “pay through the nose”.

Mr Keen, who is based in Birm­ing­ham, tweeted: “Fairly in­fu­ri­at­ing lis­ten­ing to break­fast show on the ra­dio, both hosts talk­ing about drink-driv­ing and speed­ing, try­ing to min­imise the is­sues and com­plain­ing about fines.

“It can de­stroy lives gents! #none­fortheroad #fa­tal4. Will put my Lionel Richie CD on in fu­ture.”

Lis­tener Chris Matthews also voiced his con­cerns on Twit­ter, say­ing: “Their views on drink-driv­ing were an ab­so­lute dis­grace. Sort it out.”

CRIT­I­CISED: Al­lardyce

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