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Michael O'Neill receives 16-month driving ban and fine after admitting drink-driving charge

O’Neill was also fined £1,300 after being caught driving three times over the legal limit.

NORTHERN IRELAND MANAGER Michael O’Neill has received a 16-month driving ban after admitting a drink-driving charge at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

The 48-year-old was also fined £1,300 after he was caught driving while three times over the legal limit.

The Ballymena man was pulled over just before 1am on Sunday 10 September by Scottish police on the bypass outside Edinburgh, and subsequently arrested. The former Shamrock Rovers manager owns a house in the city.

O’Neill made no comment as he left court, per UTV’s Sara Moore.

The driving ban will apply in all UK countries as well as Ireland, with legislation dating back to 2010 dictating that driving disqualifications are mutually recognised on either side of the Irish Sea.

O’Neill recently guided Northern Ireland to the World Cup play-offs, with Tuesday’s draw pitting them against Switzerland. The North have not participated in a World Cup since 1986, two years before O’Neill represented them at senior level.

The former Hibernian midfielder has recently been linked with the vacant Scotland managerial position.

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