Ex-Sheffield Wednesday ace arrested for drink-driving in Dubai

Carlton Palmer.
Carlton Palmer.
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FORMER Sheffield Wednesday star Carlton Palmer has been arrested for alleged drink-driving in Dubai - and could face up to three years in jail if convicted.

The retired midfielder, who played for the Owls between 1989 and 1994, and again briefly in 2001, now lives in the Arab state, where reports said he was stopped by police after jumping red traffic lights.

He was held in custody overnight on Monday after officers suspected he was under the influence of alcohol.

The 45-year-old has now been released on £4,000 bail while police await the result of blood tests.

If convicted, sentences range from a month to three years in prison. Motorists caught drink-driving can also be fined or deported.

Palmer is working as a TV pundit while living in the country, where he is also head football coach at Repton Dubai, a boarding school for ex-pat Britons.

Head Jonathan Hughes-D’Aeth said the school was standing by Mr Palmer while investigations continue.

“The school will wait for the outcome of the official proceedings and will then take appropriate action,” he said.

Mr Palmer began his career as an apprentice at West Bromwich Albion in 1983, moving to Sheffield Wednesday in February 1989 for £750,000.

He was with the Owls during the club’s most successful period in recent years, when it won the League Cup in 1990/91 and reached the final of the same cup, plus the FA Cup final, in 1992/3. He played 205 games, and scored 14 goals. He also played 18 times for England, scoring one goal. Palmer was bought by Leeds United manager Howard Wilkinson for £2.6 million in June 1994. He later returned to Wednesday on loan from Coventry City in 2001, making 22 appearances.