Gibson's Cats suspension after drink drive charge
Sunderland have suspended Ireland midfielder Darron Gibson (below) with immediate effect after he was charged with drink driving.
The Black Cats announced they have launched an investigation into an incident in which the 30-year-old Derryman 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 football club has commenced a full investigation into the matter."
Chief executive Martin Bain added: "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 Sky Bet Championship clash with Preston at the Stadium of Light.
Photographs of the player being spoken to by police at the scene later emerged on social media.
He is currently working his way back from a groin injury which has sidelined him since New Year's day.
Gibson arrived on Wearside in January last year from Everton having initially emerged from the ranks at Manchester United.