Newcastle United player Joelinton fined £29k for drink-driving

  • Newcastle United star Joelinton fined £29,000 for drink-driving and issued 12-month driving ban.

Newcastle United player Joelinton fined £29k for drink-driving
Newcastle United player Joelinton fined £29k for drink-driving

Newcastle United midfielder Joelinton has admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol and was given a £29,000 fine and a 12-month driving restriction.

The 26-year-old received the penalty on Thursday at Newcastle Magistrates Court for what happened on January 12.

At 01:20 GMT, the Brazilian was taken into custody after police stopped his Mercedes G-Wagen on Ponteland Road in Newcastle. He was discovered to be over the legal limit of 35mg with a reading of 50mg per 100ml of breath on the scene, which decreased to 43mg at the Forth Banks police station.

Joelinton’s fine and ban, which will be reduced to nine months if a rehabilitation program is successfully completed, were imposed by Judge Paul Currer after accounting for the player’s £43,000 ($53,300) weekly salary, a £2,000 ($2,500) surcharge, and £85 ($105) in costs.

“You placed yourself in real jeopardy and it could have had disastrous consequences for the lives of others,” Currer told the player. “I sincerely hope you have learned from this mistake and we don’t see you in this court again.”


Joelinton acknowledged consuming two glasses of wine earlier in the evening and agreed to take responsibility for his actions.

The Brazilian has been a standout performer for Eddie Howe in 2022–23, scoring four goals and dishing out two assists so year. His most recent goal came in Tuesday’s tight semifinal triumph over Southampton.

Howe said on the matter back on January 13: “I think he understands his responsibilities. We’re now in a position where we’re supporting him, and we also understand as a football club the seriousness of the situation.”

The Newcastle boss did not drop Joelinton after the charge, but the player’s barrister told the court that he is now set to disciplinary from within the club.

Newcastle are next in in their semi-final second-leg, hosting Southampton at St. James’ Park on Tuesday.


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