November 2, 2018 / 3:33 PM / 12 days ago

PSG fine midfielder Verratti for drink-driving

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Coupe de la Ligue Final - Paris St Germain vs AS Monaco - Matmut Atlantique Stadium, Bordeaux, France - March 31, 2018 Paris Saint-Germain's Marco Verratti gestures REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo

(Reuters) - Paris St Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has been fined by his club after being stopped for drink-driving by police in France.

PSG said in a statement here on Friday that Verratti had been stopped at a roadside check in Paris in the early hours of Wednesday morning and was found to have a blood alcohol level above the legal limit.

French newspaper L’Equipe reported that the 25-year-old Italy international was detained by police who placed him in a “sobering cell” before releasing him. The report added that he would be charged at a later date.

“Under the rules applicable to the contracts of all our players, Marco Verratti will be deprived of a portion of his monthly ethics bonus,” PSG said in a statement.

Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis

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