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Burnley's Clarke Carlisle gets drink-drive ban

Clarke Carlisle
Image caption Clarke Carlisle was crowned "Britain's Brainiest Footballer" in 2002

A sportsman once named "Britain's brainiest footballer" has been fined more than £2,000 and banned for 20 months for drinking and driving.

Clarke Carlisle, of Ripponden, West Yorkshire, was stopped by police in an Audi Q7 in Prestwich, Greater Manchester, on the morning of 29 July.

The 31-year-old Burnley player, who is on loan at Preston, admitted the charge to Bury magistrates on Tuesday.

The ban will be cut by five months if he attends a rehabilitation scheme.

The defender was fined £2,365 and ordered to pay £135 costs with a £15 victim surcharge.

Carlisle, who is chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association, was crowned "Britain's Brainiest Footballer" on an ITV show in 2002.

He was on the long-running Channel 4 quiz show Countdown last year, winning twice.

He also appeared on Question Time last year, alongside Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman and former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell.

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