Star FC Cincinnati striker cited for OVI, club releases statement

Dash cam video released FCC player pulled over for speeding

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - FC Cincinnati’s high-profile striker Fanendo Adi was cited for OVI early Sunday, according to a statement from the team.

According to the ticket, Adi was going 102 in a 65 mph zone on northbound I-75 and blew a .124.

The club says Fanendo will be assessed through Major League Soccer’s Substance Abuse and Behavior Health program.

The full statement from FC Cincinnati can be read below:

“Early Sunday morning, Fanendo Adi was stopped for speeding and cited for Operating a Vehicle While Impaired (“OVI”) by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. FC Cincinnati takes these matters very seriously and upon learning of the incident, immediately reached out to Major League Soccer and local authorities.

Per the MLS CBA, Fanendo will be assessed through Major League Soccer’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health (SABH) Program. He will be unavailable for all team activities until the assessment is complete and he has been cleared to return by SABH program doctors. In addition, MLS will undertake an independent review of the circumstances surrounding Fanendo’s citation, working closely with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The club will have no further comment until that investigation is complete.”

Adi is scheduled to appear in court on April 12.

He has asked for occupational driving privileges.

The club announced in the summer of 2018 that it had signed Adi from the Portland Timbers. The Nigerian forward had scored 54 goals in five seasons with Portland.

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