Republic of Ireland and Everton midfielder Darron Gibson has been charged in connection with an alleged hit-and-run crash with a cyclist.
The midfielder, 27, was detained on Sunday August 23 after police received reports a cyclist had been struck by a car which then hit a pump at a petrol station.
It is alleged Gibson was driving while over the drink-driving limit.
The 27-year-old midfielder was reportedly driving a black Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo luxury sports car when it is claimed he hit the bike near his home in Altrincham, Cheshire, on Sunday night.
Police were called and charged the footballer with driving without due care and attention, driving with excess alcohol and failing to stop after a road traffic collision.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “He has been bailed to appear at Trafford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 1 September.
“This is in relation to an incident on Sunday 16 August where police were called to reports that a car had collided with a cyclist on Park Road, Trafford, and failed to stop before pulling into a petrol station on nearby Dunham Road and colliding with a pump.”
Gibson began his career at Manchester United before joining Everton for around £1 million in 2012. He has 25 caps for Republic of Ireland and one goal. He was part of the Euro 2012 squad although he did not play at the tournament.
Born in Derry, Gibson initially represented Northern Ireland at Under-16 level before switching to Republic of Ireland at Under- 17. He caused controversy as one of the first players born north of the border to play for the Republic. Players like James McClean have followed.
He is currently out of action due to a groin injury.
Gibson is one of four Irish players at the Merseyside club, along with Aiden McGeady, James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman.
Everton have made no comment.