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

The 48-year-old was picked up by police in Scotland on Sunday

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 September, 2017, 3:06pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 September, 2017, 3:06pm

Northern Ireland national team manager Michael O’Neill was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving outside Edinburgh on Sunday, according to a BBC report.

The 48-year-old was detained by police early on Sunday morning after failing a breathalyser test.

The Irish Football Association (IFA) released a statement saying it was “aware of an alleged drink-driving incident” before adding that it was a “police matter”.

O’Neill has masterminded Northern Ireland’s run to the brink of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup play-offs. They have won their last five World Cup qualifying matches without conceding a single goal.

Qualification would see the nation make its first appearance at the World Cup since 1986.

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Under his stewardship, Northern Ireland have risen to 23 in the official Fifa rankings, their highest position.

O’Neill is due to appear in court on October 10, five days before a crucial qualifying match against group-topping Germany.