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Verratti caught drink-driving, PSG confirm

12:04 AM SGT 3/11/18
Marco Verratti
Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the club's punishment for midfielder Marco Verratti after he was caught drink-driving.

Marco Verratti has been caught drink-driving and faces a club punishment, Paris Saint-Germain announced on Friday.

Italy international Verratti was stopped by police on Tuesday, with PSG subsequently revealing the sanction he would face.

"On the night of October 30 to 31, Marco Verratti was subjected to a roadside check in his car, which showed a blood alcohol level higher than the limit allowed for drivers on probation after recently obtaining their driving license," PSG said in a statement.

"The next day, our player made a spontaneous apology to the coach and the management of Paris Saint-Germain.

"Under the rules applicable to the contracts of all our players, Marco Verratti will be deprived of a portion of his monthly ethics bonus, which reminds players of the exemplary behaviour that must be theirs in all circumstances with regard to their status."

It’s not been confirmed whether Verratti will be involved when PSG take on Lille at the Parc des Princes on Friday as they look to maintain their unbeaten start to the Ligue 1 season.

The 25-year-old has made nearly 250 appearances for the French champions since joining from Italian side Pescara in the summer of 2012. He has also developed into a full international during his time in the French capital, playing 27 times for Italy.

The midfielder has been a regular for the French champions so far this campaign under new head coach Thomas Tuchel, making 10 appearances in all competitions.

Tuchel has been impressed with the player’s performances and only last month claimed Verratti was among the best players in the world.

"Marco is very important, he is an extraordinary player,” said the former Borussia Dortmund boss.

"He is one of the best players in the world. He finds solutions in closed situations, in very tight spaces. He is very confident and he works like crazy when we lose the ball.

"It's very good for us, to influence all the others, and also the fans. I want our fans to fall in love with the team - we have the best players in the world. It's very important for us."