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Wellington’s Payne arrested after breaking coronavirus protocols

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Tim Payne was arrested for driving while being drunk after allegedly acting against coronavirus safety measures.

Two of Wellington Phoenix’s players, midfielder Tim Payne and goalkeeper Oliver Sail, were found topless and drunk while taking a joyride in a golf cart on a busy Sydney road, according to Goal.

Payne was arrested by the New South Wales police after his breathalyzer test indicated mid-range alcohol concentration in his breath and later handed him over to Mona Vale Police. Sail, however, was cleared of any wrongdoing.

The 26-year old New Zealand international could get up to nine months of jail time in addition to a fine if convicted as a first offender. Moreover, both the players could be imposed a substantial fine or even get suspended from A-league play.

Currently, the Australian Football Federation (FFA) are investigating the matter and will soon announce a decision.

“Football Federation Australia (FFA) has this evening been made aware of a report regarding two Wellington Phoenix FC players.

“FFA is investigating the matter, which is being taken very seriously. If any misconduct is found to have occurred, FFA will be swift in taking action under the FFA National Code of Conduct.”