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McCormack banned for drink driving

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Drink-driving Scottish international footballer Ross McCormack has been banned for 17 months and fined £2,500 for drink-driving.

The 23-year-old striker, who also plays for Cardiff City, crashed his silver Range Rover Sport on his way home after a night out, Cardiff magistrates heard.

He admitted to being nearly twice over the legal limit - having had 64mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath - which Deputy District Judge Mark Layton described as "extremely foolish".

After disqualifying McCormack, the judge said he would be eligible for a 25% discount if he completes a drink-driving rehabilitation course at his own expense.

McCormack had been on a night out with friends in the Welsh capital and had "a couple of drinks" before driving home in the early hours of the morning.

Cardiff City has said it will be carrying out separate disciplinary procedures.

The club signed Glasgow-born McCormack from Motherwell for £120,000 in 2008. He scored 12 goals in 44 Scottish Premier League and Cup appearances for Motherwell last season.

© Press Association 2009