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 By PA Sport

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill pleads guilty to drink driving

Michael O'Neill has been banned from driving for 16 months.

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

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard that he was caught by police on the outskirts of the city at around 1 a.m. on Sept. 10 and was 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.

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

He said his client was "contrite" and had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

Sheriff Welsh said O'Neill had been three times over the Scottish drink-drive limit.

He told the 48-year-old: "You do not have a record for this type of thing. I treat your prior record as being minor in the extent of this case.

"I am satisfied that you pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity. You deserve credit for that as you have not wasted the court's time."

He said O'Neill could reduce his driving ban by a quarter by completing a drink-drive rehabilitation course, which his solicitor said he was willing to do.

O'Neill's Northern Ireland side take on Switzerland in qualifying playoffs for the World Cup in Russia next year.

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