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Sunday 22 April 2018

Irish midfielder faces sack from Sunderland

Darron Gibson. Photo: Sportsfile
Darron Gibson. Photo: Sportsfile

Colin Young

Darron Gibson is facing the sack from Sunderland after he was charged with drink-driving for the second time in three years.

The former Manchester United midfielder, who is out of contract in June, has already been suspended by the club after he was arrested near the training ground just hours before Saturday's home defeat to Preston North End.

Sunderland have launched a full investigation into an incident in which a number of cars in a residential street were badly damaged. Gibson's £75,000 Mercedes was left a wreck after the smash just before midday in Dovedale Road, Seaburn near Sunderland.

A number of photographs and videos appeared on social media immediately after the crash and Gibson was pictured being arrested and put into a police car. He was taken to hospital and released after tests, remaining in police custody over the weekend.

Sunderland chief executive Martin Bain said: "We expect the highest standard of behaviour from our players. Should any individual fall short of those standards then robust action must be taken."

Former Everton and United player Gibson, who has captained the Sunderland team under Chris Coleman this season, could be facing a prison sentence if he is found guilty of a second drink-drive charge.

In 2015, he was banned for 20 months after ploughing his Nissan Skyline GT-R into three cyclists near a garage in Cheshire. He was also ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order, along with £5,700 of fines.

Irish Independent

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