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Bolton star gets drink drive ban
El Hadji Diouf playing for Bolton Wanderers
El Hadji Diouf was arrested in Bolton in the early hours of 30 October
Premiership footballer El Hadji Diouf has pleaded guilty to drink driving and has been banned for a year.

The Bolton Wanderers star had been out drinking champagne after a Premiership win before he was stopped on 30 October, Bolton magistrates heard.

A breath test revealed he had 54 mgs of alcohol in 100ml of breath - the legal limit is 35mg.

Diouf, who admitted the charge at an earlier hearing, was also fined 3,000 and told to pay 65 costs.

The striker, who is thought to earn about 30,000 a week, was stopped in his black Mercedes 4x4 in Blackburn Road, Bolton, in the early hours of the morning.

He's sorry for the fans of his club and his family and how foolish he has been to himself
Nick Ross, solicitor

Mark France, prosecuting, told the court that a roadside breath test proved positive and he was arrested and taken into custody, where further tests also proved positive.

Nick Ross, mitigating, said Diouf had felt "absolutely in control of his faculties" after drinking three glasses of champagne at a meal to celebrate his team's win over Charlton Athletic.

He told the court Diouf had intended to drive to a nearby hotel when he saw the blue flashing lights of a police car in his mirror.

"He's sorry for the fans of his club and his family and how foolish he has been to himself. A harsh lesson has been learned by Mr Diouf," Mr Ross added.

Diouf, of Broadacre in Liverpool, signed for Bolton Wanderers from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee after a loan spell.

The international striker was initially brought to England by former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier, who signed him from French club Lens for 10m in 2002.

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