Jack Grealish learns of the punishment he’s been given for his Range Rover crash which took place during the coronavirus lockdown.
The Aston Villa player has been charged with driving without due care and attention, and failing to stop at or report a collision.
He is accused of committing the offences in Waterside, Dickens Heath, Solihull, on Sunday the 29th of March.
A statement released today by West Midlands Police reads: “A Premier League footballer has been charged with driving without due care and attention, and failing to stop at or report a collision.
“An investigation was launched after we responded to reports of a car hitting parked vehicles and the driver fleeing on foot.
“The 24-year-old from Barnt Green, Worcestershire, has been postal charged to appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court on 25 August.”
Days after the incident, he said he is “deeply embarrassed” by events over the weekend.
Grealish says he received a call off a friend to go to their house and “stupidly” agreed, only to end up in an incident with another vehicle on Sunday morning.
— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish) March 30, 2020
He said: “Hi, everybody just want to do a quick video message just to say how deeply embarrassed I am by what has happened this weekend.
“I know it is a tough time for everyone at the moment, being locked indoors for so long, and I obviously got a call off a friend asking to go round to his and I stupidly agreed to do so.
“I don’t want anyone to make the same mistake as I did so I obviously urge everyone to stay at home and follow the rules and the guidelines of what we’ve been asked to do.
“I know for a fact that I will be doing that in the near future now and like I said I urge everyone to do the same.
“I hope everyone can accept my apology and we can move on from this and hopefully in the near future we can all be out enjoying ourselves again once this has all boiled over.”
His Premier League club said in a statement: “Aston Villa is deeply disappointed that one of our players ignored the Government’s guidance on staying at home during the Coronavirus crisis.
“Club Captain Jack Grealish has accepted that his decision to leave his house was wrong and entirely unnecessary. It breached the government guidelines which are clear and should be adhered to by everybody.
“The player will be disciplined and fined with the proceeds donated to The University Hospitals Charity in Birmingham.”
Fans reacted after Jack Grealish learns of his punishment for the Range Rover crash…
Was he driving to Barnard Castle?
— Joseph Cornforth (@JosephCornforth) June 18, 2020
Anyone else initially read that as “diving without due care and attention”?
— Anthony Lewis (@tonylewis92) June 18, 2020
— Quinn Kelly (@QuinnKelly6) June 18, 2020
Be the first 3 points he gets in months
— Ant (@ThatAnt_) June 18, 2020
Personally do not see Grealish going to United. ? https://t.co/3DlaVjs31B
— XI (@FplXI) June 18, 2020
Tut tut greasy.
— Jo (@josephineinnit) June 18, 2020
Deserves 6 month in prison for that god awful haircut pic.twitter.com/EE7WbopLLW
— Lee (@leerobson23) June 18, 2020
He really doesn’t help himself this lad
— LucasMUFC ?? (@brmdlucas) June 18, 2020
I got a driving ban and community service for this… let’s see how they deal with a footballer.
— The Bristolian Arsenolian (@Jamzor) June 18, 2020
Let’s just wait for the fourth coming social media “apology”. Let’s be honest here, his last attempt at an apology was hardly sincere. I know the “football community” will come out in his support, but he is a grown man who should know better.?
— Stan01 (@Stan0116) June 18, 2020
No ban from the FA. Yet dele alli sends a joke to his friend who posts it online and gets banned and fined 50k.
— Aurier FC ??????????? (@MrTekkersCook) June 18, 2020
I don’t think Grealish should be one of United’s main targets, he’s got far too many disciplinary issues and we’d be better off focusing on engineering a move for Jude Bellingham. #MUFC
— Josh Nair (@joshn179) June 18, 2020