Northern Ireland manager O’Neill held on suspicion of drink-driving

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Updated: September 12, 2017
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Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in Scotland.

The Ballymena man was pulled over just before 1am on Sunday, Newspapers in Scotland are reporting.

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

A statement from the Irish Football Association said it was “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.”

He is due to appear in court in Edinburgh on 10 October, just two days after Northern Ireland’s World Cup Qualifier with Norway.

The newspapers have reported that O’Neill had no comment to make when contacted

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

O’Neill guided his side to the last 16 in their first ever European Championship finals appearance – in France at Euro 2016.

His side lie second in their World Cup qualifiers group for Russia next year.

He was previously manager of Shamrock Rovers as they became the first League of Ireland team to reach the group stages of the Europa League.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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