Former Man Utd and Sunderland footballer Darron Gibson arrives at court to face drink driving charge


  • The 30-year-old midfielder was on his way to meet colleagues at Sunderland’s Academy of Light when he was involved in a collision on March 17 this year 
  • After he was charged Sunderland ended his contract by mutual consent 
  • The Republic of Ireland international, from Hale, Cheshire, was charged with drink-driving and is appearing at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court 

Anthony Joseph for MailOnline

Former Manchester United and Darron Gibson has arrived in court charged with drink-driving following a St Patrick’s Day crash.

The 30-year-old midfielder was on his way to meet colleagues at Sunderland’s Academy of Light when he was involved in a collision on Dovedale Road on Saturday March 17.

The Republic of Ireland international, from Hale, Cheshire, was charged with drink-driving and is appearing at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

After he was charged Gibson and Sunderland ended his contract by mutual consent.

Republic of Ireland footballer Darron Gibson has arrived in court charged with drink-driving following a St Patrick's Day crash

Republic of Ireland footballer Darron Gibson has arrived in court charged with drink-driving following a St Patrick's Day crash

Republic of Ireland footballer Darron Gibson has arrived in court charged with drink-driving following a St Patrick’s Day crash

The 30-year-old midfielder was on his way to meet colleagues at Sunderland's Academy of Light when he was involved in a collision on Dovedale Road on Saturday March 17 (pictured)

The 30-year-old midfielder was on his way to meet colleagues at Sunderland's Academy of Light when he was involved in a collision on Dovedale Road on Saturday March 17 (pictured)

The 30-year-old midfielder was on his way to meet colleagues at Sunderland’s Academy of Light when he was involved in a collision on Dovedale Road on Saturday March 17 (pictured)

In a statement after the crash, Sunderland wrote: ‘Sunderland AFC has suspended Darron Gibson with immediate effect, after the player was charged with driving with excess alcohol on Saturday 17 March.

‘The football club has commenced a full investigation into the matter.’

Sunderland chief executive, Martin Bain, said: ‘We expect the highest standard of behaviour from our players and should any individual fall short of those standards then robust action must be taken.’

The 30-year-old hadn’t featured for the Championship club since New Year’s Day but had been back in training after groin surgery. 

The 30-year-old hadn't featured for the Championship club since New Year's Day but had been back in training after groin surgery

The 30-year-old hadn't featured for the Championship club since New Year's Day but had been back in training after groin surgery

The 30-year-old hadn’t featured for the Championship club since New Year’s Day but had been back in training after groin surgery

 

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