Newcastle’s Joelinton Charged With Drink-Driving

Newcastle midfielder Joelinton has been charged with drink driving, police said on Thursday.

He was arrested at 0120 GMT on Thursday after police pulled over his vehicle in Newcastle.

The 26-year-old Brazilian scored the second goal in Newcastle’s 2-0 League Cup quarterfinal win over Leicester late Tuesday.

“Joelinton Cassio, 26, of Ponteland, has since been charged with driving while above the prescribed limit for alcohol,” a Northumbria Police spokesperson said.

“He is due to appear before magistrates in Newcastle on 26 January.”

Saudi-backed Newcastle are currently an impressive third in the Premier League, nine points behind leaders Arsenal.

Newcastle are bidding to end a trophy drought that has seen them go without a major honour since winning the now defunct European Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1969.