NI MANAGER MICHAEL O’NEILL CHARGED OVER DRINK DRIVE INCIDENT

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill charged over drink driving in Scotland

NORTHERN Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has been arrested and charged with drink-driving.

According to the Scottish Sun newspaper, he was detained by police on the outskirts of Edinburgh on Sunday.

Police Scotland said they arrested and charged a 48-year-old man in connection with drink-driving eastbound on the A720 at about 12.55 am on Sunday.

He is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff’s Court on October 10 for a first appearance on the charge.

The court date is two days after Northern Ireland’s final World Cup qualifier match against Norway.

In a statement, the Irish Football Association (IFA) said it was “aware of an alleged drink-driving incident involving Michael O’Neill”.

The IFA added that it was a “police matter” and would make no further comment.

Michael O’Neill became manager of the Northern Ireland ┬áteam in February 2012.

He has enjoyed considerable success during his five-and-a-half-year tenure, guiding the team to their first ever European Championship finals last year.

Under his leadership, Northern Ireland made it through to the last 16.

 

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