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

Michael O'Neill felt his Northern Ireland side deserved to progress

Michael O’Neill pleaded guilty to a charge of drink driving when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday.

The Northern Ireland manager was banned from driving for 16 months - reduced to 12 months on successful completion of a rehabilitation scheme - and fined £1,300.

O'Neill, who resides in the Scottish capital, was found to be three times the Scottish drink-driving limit when he was arrested at around 12.55am on Sunday September 10.

His counsel, Mr James Mulgrew described it as "a bad error of judgement".

The 48-year-old, who led Northern Ireland to the finals of Euro 2016, is currently preparing for a World Cup play-off against Switzerland.

O'Neill's side will be home for the first leg on 9 November with the away leg in Basel three days later.

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