Sunday 18 February 2018

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill arrested on suspicion of drink driving

Michael O'Neill
Michael O'Neill

Michael McHugh

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has been charged with drink driving, it has been reported.

The Ballymena man was pulled over just before 1am on Sunday, The Scottish Sun reports.

The father-of-two allegedly failed a breath test after he was stopped by police on the bypass on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

Police confirmed a 48-year-old man was charged “in connection with drink driving”.

Northern Ireland’s next game is a home qualifier with Germany five days before O’Neill is due to appear in court.

The spokesman said he is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on October 10.

A spokesman for the Irish Football Association told the Belfast Telegraph: “The Irish Football Association is aware of an alleged drink-driving incident involving Michael O’Neill.

“As it is a police matter, the Association will be making no further comment.”

The newspaper reported that O’Neill had no comment to make when contacted.

It comes as the former Hibs and Dundee United ace continues to lead Northern Ireland to further history-making tournament glory.

The side is poised for the play-offs for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia, after securing a 2-0 victory over the Czech Republic at Windsor Park last week.

Northern Ireland still have to face Germany and Norway. It would be their first World Cup finals since 1986.

It follows their huge success at the 2016 Euros in France where O’Neill got Northern Ireland to their highest-ever Fifa world ranking and their first major tournament in 30 years.

O’Neill, who has a house in Edinburgh, would likely face a driving ban and a fine if convicted.

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