THE owner of Hull FC has been banned from driving for 16 months for drink-driving.
Adam Pearson, 48, was almost twice the legal limit when he was caught behind the wheel of his Range Rover in Victoria Road, Harrogate, on May 11 last year.
He was found to have 63 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, when the legal limit is 35mg of alcohol.
Pearson, who was recently linked with a possible takeover of Leeds United, was granted unconditional bail and initially denied the charge at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court, but later changed his plea to guilty.
A trial had been scheduled for January 16.
As well as the ban, he has also been fined £500 and ordered to pay £200 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
He declined to comment when contacted by the Yorkshire Post yesterday.
Pearson is a former chairman of Hull City and a former director of Leeds United. He rescued the Tigers from the brink of administration in 2001, leading the club to successive promotions and into the Championship.
He left the club in 2007, selling to Russell Bartlett, who invited him back two years later when City were again in financial difficulties.
He played a key role in negotiating the deal for current owners, Assem and Ehab Allam, to come in, securing the club’s immediate future.
He took ownership of Hull FC in 2011.
Last year, Pearson, who has also been a director of Derby County, set up Pro Sports Recruitment with Leeds-based Tigercom chief executive Tony Doherty, and renowned Yorkshire-based football agent Hayden Evans.
Speculation over his possible return to Elland Road began last month after United’s new owners, the Dubai-based GFH Capital, began offering shares and said they had received a bid for a majority stake.
Before the bid was announced, Pearson said: “I would like to go in with a consortium with a club that has huge potential. The one that stands out is Leeds.”