Burnley confirm defender Dale Stephens involved in 'police incident' 4 months ago

Burnley confirm defender Dale Stephens involved in 'police incident'

Burnley released a statement on Tuesday

Burnley have confirmed that midfielder Dale Stephens has been involved in a "police incident" and that they are treating it with the "utmost seriousness".

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Burnley statement

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The Clarets released a statement on Tuesday which read: "Burnley Football Club are aware of a police incident involving one of our players, Dale Stephens.

"As a football club we uphold strong values and hold all our players and staff to the highest standards. As such, we are treating this incident with the utmost seriousness as legal proceedings are undertaken.

"As a Club, we strongly disapprove of the actions that resulted in such an incident and therefore disciplinary procedures will also be carried out internally.

"Burnley Football Club make no further comment."

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Burnley Dale Stephens BURNLEY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Dale Stephens of Burnley during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Huddersfield Town at Turf Moor on January 08, 2022 in Burnley, England. (Photo by John Early/Getty Images)

Alleged incident

The Lancashire Telegraph reported that Stephens was involved in a drink driving incident, in which he has been fined £3,000 and banned from driving for 12 months.

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The midfielder attended a court hearing on March 14 in which he pleaded guilty to the offence after it emerged that he had 59mcg of alcohol in his breath, with the legal drink drive limit being 35mcg.

Stephens' ban is set to last 12 months, but reports have suggested that it could be reduced by three months if the 32-year-old attends, and completes, a driving course approved by the Secretary of State.

The Burnley midfielder has made just four appearances all season for Sean Dyche's side - with the last of those coming against Watford in February.

Burnley Dale Stephens BURNLEY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Dale Stephens of Burnley in action during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Huddersfield Town at Turf Moor on January 8, 2022 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)
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