CLIFTONVILLE striker Jay Donnelly is due in court this morning on child sex picture charges.
The Reds star dodged a night out with the lads after his side’s 3-0 win on Saturday saying he was “too tired’’ to party.
But behind the excuse was a secret he was keeping from his team mates and club management – he was due in court today on child sex picture offences.
According to court service records, the 22-year-old is face to Belfast Magistrates’ Court under his proper name of John Donnelly, of Ardilea Drive in the Ardoyne district of North Belfast for a first appearance hearing on two charges.
The first count reads that “on June 28, 2016, he took an indecent photograph of a child’’.
The second charge states that on “a date unknown between the 28th June 2016 and the 25th October 2016 he distributed or showed an indecent photograph of a child’’.
Both charges are being brought by the PSNI under Article 3 of the Protection of Children (NI) Order 1978.
Just hours before news broke of his courtroom appearance, his pals were wanting him to paint the town red after Cliftonville’s 3-0 home win over Carrick Rangers at Solitude.
On his Facebook page, Jay Donnelly wrote: “F**k at not going out lad to tried man’’.
One friend replied: “NS (no sweat) Jay.’’
The north Belfast club, chaired by Gerard Lawlor, was unaware of Donnelly’s court appearance.
An internal investigation is now under way into Donnelly’s child sex picture charges.
In a statement, the Irish League side said: “We have only become aware of the developments in this case.
“The club is currently investigating them and seeking advice on the matter.’’