What happened looks to be pretty straight forward. Pattison went out in the City to Mercy after the 2-0 defeat at Sheffield United, had a few drinks and got back to Dunston Hall late (ok, very late). He got up in the morning and decided to drive to work even though he “still felt drunk” when he woke up.
In the meantime, hotel worked Ben Lee got on the blower to the police to say that he thought Pattison’s “speech was slurred” and breath smelt “intoxicated”. Police arrived at Colney and breathalysed him where he was found to have just over double the legal amount of alcohol in his system to drive.
You can’t defend Pattison for his actions, but now would be as good a time as any to remind anyone who does not know that he is a South African who has spent many years living in Newcastle. I’ve never heard him speak, but I know a few South Africans and a few Geordies, and their speech is slurred at the best of times so I can’t imagine how they would mix!
After the case, he said in a statement:
I sincerely regret the actions which have led to me coming to court today. I fully accept the sentence handed to me by the magistrates and I am determined to learn from my mistake. I would like to say sorry to the magistrates and the police for taking up their time.
The club released their own statement:
Matty genuinely and sincerely regrets his behaviour and the club will support his determination to learn from this serious breach of his position of responsibility as a Norwich City player.
The club is committed to working with police and other relevant local authorities and welfare groups to promote responsible citizenship – and this includes a very firm stance against drink-driving and other forms of irresponsible or anti-social behaviour.
We will continue to drive this message home during the programme of development in place to educate young players in our Academy and to support local initiatives aimed at driving home these messages to the wider community.
Perhaps Pattison should take a leaf out of Ipswich’s Danny Haynes’ book?