Leicester’s Hamza Choudhury charged with drink driving

Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury has been charged with drink drinking and failing to cooperate with police.

The 26-year-old midfielder was pulled over by officers in the early hours of Friday morning in Nottingham and was arrested “on suspicion of refusing to provide a specimen of breath” before being released on bail. He is due to appear in court in February.

Choudhury later started and played the full 90 minutes in Leicester’s 1-1 draw against Ipswich Town on Monday evening.

A Nottinghamshire Police spokesperson said: “Officers pulled over a vehicle in Loughborough Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, around 1.45 am on Friday 19 January 2024.

“A man was arrested on suspicion of refusing to provide a specimen of breath.

“Hamza Choudhury, aged 26, of Rushcliffe, Nottinghamshire, has since been charged with driving while over the alcohol limit, driving without due care and attention, and failing to cooperate with a preliminary test.

“He was released on unconditional bail and is next due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 23 February 2024.”

Choudhury, who signed a four-year contract with Leicester in September, has made 25 appearances for the Championship league leaders under new manager Enzo Maresca this season.

A promising youth product, Choudhury has also picked up seven caps for the England Under-21s but has not been called up to the senior side.

He has also faced off-field issues in the past, having been disciplined by former Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers for turning up late for a training session after an evening out in 2020. Just over a year later, in April 2021, he was one of several Leicester players who breached Covid-19 protocols by attending a party at team-mate Ayoze Perez’s house after their loss to Manchester City.

The Athletic has approached Leicester for comment.

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