IRELAND BOSS Martin O’Neill says he will give evidence in the trial of midfielder Darron Gibson after he was charged with drink-driving. Th e Everton man is alleged to have been involved in a hit-and-run with a cyclist, failing to stop after an accident and hitting a petrol pump with his car. But O’Neill, a fellow Derry native, says the charges don’t add up and he will make himself available as a character witness.
He said, “Just look at the charges. Anyone who knows Darron knows he is innocent: ‘hit and run?’ No, I have seen him hit and stop running alright. ‘Failing to stop?’ Again, if you look at his past performances for Ireland he regularly stops (trying, chasing back, passing to team-mates etc). As for hitting a static target? No chance – we have hours and hours of video footage showing the exact opposite.”