Sunderland midfielder Darron Gibson has been suspended by the club after being charged by Northumbria Police for drink-driving.
It is alleged that the Republic of Ireland international was involved in a car crash on Saturday, hitting stationary vehicles along a road.
In a statement released on Sunday morning, Sunderland wrote: ‘Sunderland AFC has suspended Darron Gibson with immediate effect, after the player was charged with driving with excess alcohol on Saturday 17 March.
‘The football club has commenced a full investigation into the matter.’
Sunderland chief executive, Martin Bain, 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.’
Gibson was seen speaking to police on Saturday – in an image that was uploaded to social media.
The former Manchester United and Everton man had his head bowed as he spoke to a police officer by her car.
Sunderland lost 2-0 at home to Preston North End in the Championship on Saturday afternoon – a game Gibson was not due to feature in.
The 30-year-old hasn’t featured for the club since New Year’s Day but is back in training after groin surgery.
However, he’s not expected to return to action until April.