Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Northern Ireland manager arrested for 'drink-driving'

Northern Ireland manager arrested for 'drink-driving'

Michael O'Neill, the manager of the Northern Ireland football team, has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

Police Scotland said a man, 48, was charged "in connection with drink drinking", while the Northern Irish FA confirmed they were "aware of an alleged drink driving incident involving O'Neill".

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has reportedly been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

The 48-year was stopped by police on the outskirts of Edinburgh on Sunday afternoon.

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Newspaper reports claim O'Neill, 48, was detained near Edinburgh, Scotland on Sunday.

He is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff's Court on 10 October.

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

That is five days after his Northern Ireland side face Germany, and just two days after another World Cup qualifier against Norway.

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He guided his side to the last 16 in their first ever European Championship finals appearance - in France at Euro 2016.

Northern Ireland secured back-to-back wins against San Marino and the Czech Republic during last week's global break and are guaranteed to finish second behind Germany in their group, as they are eight points clear of third-placed Azerbaijan with two games to go.

His side lie second in their World Cup qualifiers group for Russian Federation next year. He led them to be the first League of Ireland side to qualify for the Europa League group stage.

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