It has been reported in the Chronicle that Newcastle United striker Loic Remy has been in court to answer a charge that he drove his Porsche car while over the limit, and the alleged offense took place on March 9th, which is the Sunday after Loic had played for France in mid-week, in their 2-0 win against Holland.
Loic Remy – drink driving charge
Loic was injured in that game, and Newcastle were supposed to play Everton that weekend, but it was postponed because Everton were playing on the FA Cup, and were beaten by Arsenal.
District Judge Stephen Earl had this to say at the hearing:
“It is said on March 9 you were stopped on the Woolsington Bypass after consuming so much alcohol your breath exceeded the limit.”
The roadside breath test reading was said to be 56 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres, and the limit is 35 micrograms – so he was over the limit – allegedly.
His lawyer Jonathan Dunkley had this to say:
“There are a number of issues with this case I need to look at in more detail.” “English is not the defendant’s first language, although his English is better than my French. We are going to need an interpreter to help go through the documents.”
That was a good try, but the judge denied that request and went ahead with the hearing, and Remy was asked to give his plea – which was not guilty.
His lawyer then talked about some commitments the QPR striker has in May for the World Cup:
“He has commitments around May in Rio De Janeiro, and is confident he will be part of the squad, he may be there 2 months or back sooner.”
He’ll be there as long as France remain in the World Cup, and the specifics given to the judge were that he is due to leave around 13th May and potentially return as late as 12th July.
Judge Stephen Earl then set the trial date for 15th July and it will take place at the Newcastle Magistrates Court.
Wonder if he’ll have signed on at another club by then?
This kind of stuff of course will not help him move to a big club in the summer, and from reports it seems his first choice would be Arsenal, who have been heavily linked with wanting the player.