Big fine for Gbamin, former Lens player, after a drunken accident

Jean-Philippe Gbamin (25), Everton midfielder, was fined nearly 30,000 euros after causing a road accident while driving drunk.

English justice sentenced Jean-Philippe Gbamin (25) to a fine of 25,000 pounds (29,000 euros, or one week’s salary) and a driving ban for 14 months on Wednesday. The Everton midfielder had caused an accident on August 8 in the early morning (5am) near his home, after an alcoholic evening. He was driving with a blood alcohol level one and a half times over the legal limit. He had hooked up a Jaguar with his Audi A8.

The player said he was « sorry » in court, after letting his lawyer speak, who stressed the good cooperation of his client on the day of the facts. « This is not his country of origin, pleaded Mr. John Dye. He was born in Ivory Coast, he is a professional footballer. There is a certain attention from the press, which causes him more embarrassment. Whatever happens here, he will also be fined by the club. That morning at 5 o’clock he had slept a little, but in the early morning he was asked if he could take someone at home. Because he had slept a little bit and felt good to drive, he got in that vehicle. It was a huge mistake. It was a huge error in judgment. « 

Lawyer insists on cooperation and difficulties at Everton

« He’s been injured for almost two years, » the lawyer continued. « He signed two years ago for Everton but only played two games and then got injured. He lives in the UK with very little. friends and support, although not an excuse to end up here. The other driver asked him to stay at the scene and the damage was very, very limited, it was paint. will be paid by the insurance and he has given his contact details. He has a child of 15 months. His son and his family are in France and Germany. Part of his income is donated to charities, to nurseries in the Côte Ivory Coast. His net income is 25,000 pounds (29,000 euros, therefore) per week after tax (29,000 euros). « 

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Trained in Lens, Gbamin was transferred to Mainz in 2016 for five million euros. His good performances in Germany pushed Everton to recruit him against 25 million euros three years later. A hamstring injury and then a ruptured Achilles tendon during a tennis ball spoiled his first two seasons at Liverpool. He has only played four games with the Toffes since his arrival.

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