Sam own goal over drink ban
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.”
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