Wellington Phoenix midfielder Tim Payne has apologised after he broke a coronavirus quarantine in Australia and was charged with a drink-driving offence for taking a golf cart on a joyride with a crew mate.
New Zealander Payne and goalkeeper Oliver Sail had been stopped by police whereas driving the golf cart on a avenue in northern Sydney within the early hours on Tuesday.
Payne was breathalyzed and subsequently charged with drink-driving after being taken again to a police station.
“I simply need to say I’m extremely sorry and extremely embarrassed for what I’ve performed,” the 26-year-old informed New Zealand’s Radio Sport.
“I’ve let so many individuals down together with my associate, my household, the membership as an entire and people reminiscent of Uffie (coach Ufuk Talay), who has given me an opportunity this season.”
The Phoenix, the only real New Zealand crew in Australia’s top-flight A-League, have been in quarantine at a facility in Sydney following the suspension of the competitors on Tuesday.
New Zealand media mentioned it was a “distant Sydney Academy of Sport” facility.
Payne and Sail face attainable fines and suspension by governing physique Football Federation Australia, which mentioned it was investigating the incident.
“There will likely be some authorized sanctions in Australia, sure. I take full duty for that and regardless of the membership decides and the FFA decides, I’ll take full duty,” Payne mentioned.
The Phoenix mentioned the ability the place they had been in self-isolation had sustained some harm through the incident.
“The Wellington Phoenix is taking the matter very significantly and is constant its investigations,” the crew mentioned in a press release.