Burnley’s Ashley Barnes ‘arrested for drink-driving following 4-hour booze-up’

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Ashley Barnes was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving following Burnley's victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage last Monday which secured their Premier League status for another season.

The English forward was an 86th-minute substitute during that encounter, and was reportedly stopped near his Cheshire home during the early hours of the morning.

The 31-year-old, who joined the club from Brighton back in 2014, is said to have been pulled over in his Mercedes V-Class people carrier.

It is added that he then failed a breathalyzer test, and went on to sit out of their 3-0 defeat at home to Liverpool on Wednesday in which Chris Wood led the line.

The Sun report the news of the arrest, and add that it 'sparked fury' from Sean Dyche as his side prepared for their final two games of the season.

They add that Barnes was released on police bail, and is set to appear in court on June 14 – leading to a statement from the club this week.

A spokesman is quoted as saying: “Burnley FC upholds and expects the highest standards of responsible behaviour from all its players and staff.

“Therefore, while observing the conclusion of legal proceedings, the club will be treating this matter with the utmost seriousness. The player will be subject to internal disciplinary procedures.”

Cheshire Police said: “At around 3am on Tuesday, May 11, officers stopped a black Mercedes V220.

“The driver of the vehicle, a 31-year-old man, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drink driving.

“Ashley Luke Barnes, of Wilmslow, was subsequently charged.”

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