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Sunday 17 December 2017

'It was just a stupid mistake' - Darron Gibson on how hit and run incident involving three cyclists was a wake-up call

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Republic of Ireland international Darron Gibson has revealed how a drink-driving incident gave him a wake-up call.

The Sunderland midfielder was banned from driving for 20 months after he hit three cyclists on August 16, 2016 with his €125,000 Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo while over the legal limit for alcohol.

Gibson, who was playing for Everton at the time, pleaded guilty to crashing into three cyclists who had stopped to repair a broken chain and leaving the scene.

Police had been alerted after Gibson pulled into a service station and filled his vehicle with fuel with no shoes on.

Speaking to the Irish Daily Star today, the Derry native said that the incident led to a change in his behaviour.

"It was just a stupid mistake - it was not like I was going out every weekend and getting drunk and driving the car," the 29-year-old said.

"We had a team night out and the next morning I got into the car which I should not have, obviously. It was just one of them things. It happened.

"It did give me a wake-up call.

"I realised - I was 27 at the time - that I cannot be doing this anymore. So I don't really have much more to say about it, to be honest."

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