Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has admitted to two counts of careless driving, entering a guilty plea to Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday via his lawyer.
Two other driving charges against the England international have been dropped after no evidence was put forward by the Crown Prosecution Service.
The first charge Grealish pleaded guilty to relates to an incident in March when his Range Rover was involved in a collision with parked cars in Solihull near Birmingham.
The collision happened less than a week into the first national coronavirus lockdown and the player was breaching the rules by visiting a friend. He soon issued a public apology for his behaviour and said he was ‘deeply embarrassed’ by what had happened.
Grealish was also fined by his club over the incident, with the money donated to the University Hospitals Charity in Birmingham.
The two charges that were dismissed were also related to the same incident.
The second charge that Grealish has pleaded guilty to relates to careless driving last month while travelling on the M42 and other roads on his commute to Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground.
Reflecting on the March collision in an interview in June, Grealish told The Guardian, “I knew straight away that I had to come out and apologise myself, which I wanted to do; I didn’t want to hide behind a club statement.
“I know I am a footballer but I’m still human and we all make mistakes and straight away I knew I’d made a mistake. I’m also a role model as well to a lot of people out there, especially young children who might look up to me. So I try to act in respectable manner but since then I have tried to keep my head down, work hard and do as much charitable work as possible.”
Grealish already has six penalty points on his driving licence for a 2018 motorway speeding offence and could face a driving ban.
District Judge John Bristow adjourned Grealish's sentencing to 15 December.