Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish entered a guilty plea through his lawyer at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, pleading guilty to two charges of careless driving.
Two other driving charges against the England international have been dropped after no evidence was presented by the Crown Prosecution Service.
Grealish entered his pleas at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court via his lawyer/Pool/Getty Images
The first charge Grealish pleaded guilty to in March related to an incident when his Range Rover was involved in a collision with parked cars in Solihull, near Birmingham.
The clash took place less than a week into the first national coronavirus lockdown and the player was flouting the rules by visiting his friend. He soon issued a public apology for his behavior and said he was ‘deeply ashamed’ of what had happened.
Gresh was also killed by his club over the incident, with money donated to the University Hospitals charity in Birmingham.
The two charges that were dismissed were also related to the same incident.
Grealish apologizes for breaking lockdown rules during March incident / James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images
The other charge that Grealish has admitted relates to careless driving last month on the M42 and other roads during a trip to Villa’s Bodmore Heath training ground.
Reflecting on the March clash in an interview in June, Grealish told The Guardian, “I knew straight away that I had to come out and apologize to myself, which I wanted to do. I stand by the club’s statement. Didn’t want to hide.
“I know I’m a footballer but I’m still human and we all make mistakes and right away I knew I made a mistake. I’m also a role model for a lot of people out there, especially But little kids who can look up to me. So I try to act respectfully, but since then I’ve tried to keep my head down, work hard and do as much charity work as possible.
Grealish already has six penalty points on his driving license for a 2018 motorway speeding offense and could face a driving ban.
District Judge John Bristow adjourned Grealish’s sentencing until December 15.
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