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Drink-driving footballer tells court from his holiday in Spain he’s too busy to do community service

Shamed Irish footballer Darron Gibson has told his court from his holiday in Spain that he is too busy to do community service.

A year ago, the former Manchester United, Wolves, Everton, Sunderland and Wigan player was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving following a car crash.

He was driving at around 60mph and hit multiple stationary vehicles in Fulwell and he was given a two-year community order two months later after pleading guilty in court.

However, he has tried to avoid it because he is too busy to complete it due to ‘pressing work commitments’ despite him not being with a club at the minute.

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He was released from his last club Wigan Athletic in May after playing 18 times since joining them in August 2018.

His last game saw him on the bench during the Latic’s last Championship match against Millwall on the 5th of May.

This week, a lawyer at Manchester Magistrates Court for Gibson urged to let the player off doing the rest of the hours which involves picking up litter and painting fences.

However that was refused and Gibson now has to do as he is told with the season at a close.

Following the incident last year, he was given a two-year community order with 250 hours of unpaid work after a judge found him to be suffering from “significant psychological issues” with Gibson saying he had a “difficult childhood” as well as being bullied.

This isn’t the only time he has been in trouble as in 2015, he hit three cyclists and was 12 points over the alcohol limit, leading him to be banned from driving.

Gibson has only done 77.95 hours of the unpaid work and still has 172.05 hours and done nine days of the 30 days of Rehabilitation Activity Requirement (RAR).

Lawyer Peter Grogan said: “This is an application to remove an element of the community order. You will be aware that he has been engaging and has made good progress.

“But whilst the progress has been good, due to pressing work commitments, he is struggling to meet the requirements of the order and still has one more year to go. He apologises for not being here but he is on a family holiday.

“It was a pre-booked holiday and he went to Spain on May 22. His training resumes next month.

Judges said: “On the basis of work commitments, the football season is coming to an end, so it is possible that he will have time. The bench is mindful to refuse the application.”

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