Burnley confirm Ashley Barnes charge for drink-driving with striker arrested after Fulham victory

Burnley have confirmed Ashley Barnes was arrested and charged for drink-driving, before he was named on the bench against Liverpool on Wednesday night.

The striker was caught by police as he drove home after a 2-0 win over Fulham on Monday that secured the Clarets’ Premier League status.

Ashley Barnes has scored five goals for Burnley this season

Barnes travelled back up to Lancashire from London on the team coach before driving home in the early hours of Tuesday morning this week.

He was stopped by police on the drive home and was arrested after he failed a breath test, neart his home in Cheshire.

A statement from Cheshire police read: “At around 3am on Tuesday, May 11, officers stopped a black Mercedes V220.

“The driver of the vehicle, a 31-year-old man, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drink driving. Ashley Luke Barnes, of Wilmslow, was subsequently charged.”

Barnes has made 21 Premier League appearances this season and was named as a substitute for Wednesday night’s 3-0 defeat to Liverpool, although remained on the bench.

Ashley Barnes signed for Burnley in 2014
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And Burnley confirmed the news with a statement on Wednesday, which read: “Burnley Football Club is aware of a police incident involving one of its players, Ashley Barnes.

“As a club with solid values and a strong community ethos, Burnley FC upholds and expects the highest standards of responsible behaviour from all its players and staff.

“Therefore, while observing the conclusion of legal proceedings, the club will be treating this matter with the utmost seriousness.

“The player will be subject to internal disciplinary procedures as a result. Burnley Football Club will make no further comment.”