Sandaza’s week goes from bad to worse as he is banned for drink driving


The Spaniard was caught going the wrong way down a one-way street in Perth. After initially letting him go, police reportedly became concerned about the way he drove off and pulled him over again shortly after to breathalyse him.

At Perth Sheriff Court, Sandaza was handed a 16-month ban and was fined £550.

After failing the breathalyser, the St.Johnstone striker spent the night behind bars

Solicitor John McLaughlin, defending, said: “My client is 27 and a professional footballer. He is very embarrassed and contrite.”

Sheriff Raymond McMenamin told Sandaza: “You may have been surprised to learn of your breath alcohol reading, but with that amount of alcohol in your breath you should not have been behind the wheel of a car.”

The player had already had ten points on his licence from three speeding convictions over the past two years. After receiving his ban, the Spaniard left through a side door and headed to a waiting car driven by a St.Johnstone official.

Sandaza who knocked back a move to Rangers in January, has had a successful year in Perth on the pitch scoring 17 goals in 32 games.

Sandaza can reduce the ban by completing a driver rehabilitation course.


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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