Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill pleads guilty to drink-driving

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Northern Ireland football manager Michael O'Neill has pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard he was caught by police on the outskirts of the city at about 1am on September 10 around three times the legal drink-drive limit.

Sheriff Thomas Welsh QC banned O'Neill from driving for 16 months and fined him £1,300.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court
Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard Michael O'Neill was caught by police in the city on September 10 (David Cheskin/PA)

Prosecutor Chloe Shoniwa told the court that police officers had "reason to stop" Mr O'Neill as he drove on the Edinburgh city bypass between Lothianburn and Straiton.

They breathalysed him and he was found to have a breath alcohol level of 65mcg compared to the legal limit of 22mcg.

Solicitor James Mulgrew, representing Mr O'Neill, told the court: "This was simply a bad error of judgment on the part of Mr O'Neill."