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Burnley Midfielder Dale Stephens On A 12 Month Ban From Driving After Exceeding The Alcohol Limit

Stephens pleaded guilty to the charge of driving a vehicle with alcohol above the legal limit, at Stockport Magistrates' Court on Monday (4 April).

The 32-year-old has made only three Clarets appearances this season.

Burnley said they would treat the issue with "utmost seriousness" and Stephens will face internal disciplinary action.

"As a football club we uphold strong values and hold all our players and staff to the highest standards," a Burnley statement said.

"As a club, we strongly disapprove of the actions that resulted in such an incident and therefore disciplinary procedures will also be carried out internally."

Stephens was fined £3,334 after admitting being found with 59 micrograms of alcohol in his breath, above the legal drink-drive limit of 35mcg, when driving in Alderley Edge on 14 March.

The former Brighton, Charlton and Oldham player was also ordered to pay costs to the Crown Prosecution Service of £85 and a surcharge to fund victim services of £190.

Senior Crown Prosecutor Simon McDonnell said it was "sheer luck" that Stephens' actions did not lead to more serious consequences.

"To get behind the wheel of a powerful car when you have drunk more than the legal limit is reckless, irresponsible, and dangerous," McDonnell said.

"Mr Stephens may have a glamorous job, but no-one is above the law and he is now facing the consequences of what he chose to do on that night."

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