Sunderland star Stephane Sessegnon has been charged with drink driving after he was arrested while his team played.
The 29-year-old was stopped by police on Westgate Road in Newcastle at just before 8pm on Tuesday night.
At that time his Black Cats teammates were busy taking on League One side MK Dons who they eventually beat 4-2 in their Capital One Cup clash at the Stadium of Light.
Sessegnon of Runneymede Road, Ponteland, will appear before Newcastle Magistrates’ Court in October.
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “At 7.51pm on Tuesday a 29-year-old man was arrested in Westgate Road in Newcastle on suspicion of drink driving.
“Stephane Sessegnon, 29, of Runneymede Road in Ponteland has been charged with drink driving.
“He is due to appear before Newcastle Magistrates’ Court.”
Benin international Sessegnon was one of six first team players left out of Paolo Di Canio’s side for Tuesday’s evening game against League One MK Dons.
The striker’s future at Sunderland has been in doubt recently as he was linked to other clubs. However Di Canio has insisted Sessegnon is not for sale.
And in an interview with the Journal earlier this week the Black Cats boss said transfer speculation was affecting Sessegnon’s performance.
He said: “He was the most positive player in pre-season, but it can happen in the approach to the season.
“You don’t know if they come from a not-very-good moment. Maybe there is some problem or some rumour. They are humans. They are intelligent but sometimes when things happen they lose the right way. That is not because they are bad people, they just hear the rumours: a big opportunity, big money. You don’t know.
“Once everything is clear everyone will give everything for the cause. We will all push together.”
Sessègnon joined Sunderland in from French club Paris Saint-Germain in January 2011 in a £6m deal. At just 5ft 6ins Sessegnon was been described as a ‘little powerhouse’ by former boss Steve Bruce.