The Herald

Footballer charged with drink-driving

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LIVERPOOL footballer Roberto Firmino has been charged with drink-driving.

Merseyside Police said the Brazilian star was stopped by police in Liverpool city centre on Christmas Eve.

He is expected to appear in court next month.

A force spokesman said: “Merseyside Police has charged a 25-year-old man with drink-driving after his car was stopped in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of Saturday. Roberto Firmino, from Liverpool, will appear at Liverpool City Magistrate­s’ Court on Tuesday, 31 January, 2016.”

The footballer signed for Liverpool FC in 2015 for £29m. Since then he has scored 17 goals in 67 appearance­s and is a key part of the Reds impressive performanc­es and Premier League title push this season under manager Jurgen Klopp.

A club spokesman said it would make no comment until the legal process was over.

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