Ireland star Gibson suspended for drink-driving
Sunderland Football Club have confirmed that they have suspended Republic of Ireland international Darron Gibson with immediate effect after he was charged with drink-driving.
The Black Cats have launched an investigation into an incident in which the 30-year-old midfielder was allegedly involved on Saturday.
A club statement said: "Sunderland AFC has suspended Darron Gibson with immediate effect after the player was charged with driving with excess alcohol on Saturday, 17 March. The club has commenced a full investigation into the matter."
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 arrested after several vehicles were damaged close to the club's Academy of Light training ground shortly before midday on Saturday as his team-mates prepared for their Championship clash with Preston.
Photographs of the player being spoken to by police at the scene later emerged on social media.
Gibson is currently working his way back from a groin injury which has sidelined him since New Year's Day.
The player arrived in January last year from Everton having emerged through the ranks at Manchester United.
He has been plagued by injury and a lack of form for much of his time at Sunderland, but was enjoying his best spell for the club to date when injury struck.
Chris Coleman's side are rooted to the foot of the table and five points adrift of safety following Saturday's 2-0 home defeat.