March 18, 2018 / 3:21 PM / a year ago

Soccer: Sunderland suspend Gibson after drink-driving charge

Soccer Football - Championship - Norwich City vs Sunderland - Norwich, Britain - August 13, 2017 Sunderland's Darron Gibson applauds the fans at the end of the match Action Images/Peter Cziborra

LONDON (Reuters) - Ireland international Darron Gibson has been suspended by Sunderland after being charged with drink-driving, the English Championship (second tier) club said on Sunday.

“The football club has commenced a full investigation into the matter,” a statement on the official website ( said.

“We expect the highest standard of behaviour from our players and should any individual fall short of those standards then robust action must be taken,” said Sunderland’s chief executive Martin Bain.

The former Manchester United player joined Sunderland from Everton in January last year but has been injured for the past two months.

Reporting by Steve Tongue; Editing by Toby Davis

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