Wellington Phoenix midfielder Tim Payne sorry for breaking quarantine with golf cart joyride

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Wellington Phoenix midfielder Tim Payne has apologised after being charged with drink-driving for taking a golf cart on a joyride with a team-mate while breaking a coronavirus quarantine in Australia.

Payne and goalkeeper Oliver Sail were stopped by police in Sydney in the early hours on Tuesday.

“I just want to say I am incredibly sorry and embarrassed for what I’ve done,” said the 26-year-old.

“I’ve let so many people down, including my partner, my family, the club as a whole and Uffie [coach Ufuk Talay], who has given me a chance this season.”

Payne and Sail face possible fines and suspension by Football Federation Australia (FFA), who are investigating the incident.

Meanwhile, Wellington Phoenix said they were "taking the matter very seriously" and continuing their own investigations.

Payne added: "There will be some legal sanctions in Australia, yes.

"I take full responsibility for that and whatever the club decides and the FFA decides, I’ll take full responsibility."

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