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Drink-drive shame of Northern Ireland football star Grant McCann

By Adrian Rutherford

A Northern Ireland international footballer has apologised after he was arrested for drink-driving.

Grant McCann, who plays for English Championship side Peterborough FC, was detained after being stopped by officers at 3am last Wednesday.

He was arrested in the Deeping Gate area of the city.

The midfielder, who is club captain, was bailed to appear before Peterborough Magistrates' Court next Thursday, May 10.

McCann declined to comment when contacted by the Belfast Telegraph last night. However, in a statement released by his club, the 32-year-old said his actions were inexcusable.

“I would like to apologise to the football club, the manager, my team-mates and our supporters,” he said. “Drink-driving is a very serious offence and there is no excuse for what I have done.

“I will accept my punishment and I am extremely remorseful for what I have done.”

Yesterday Peterborough announced that McCann had been made available for transfer. The player told the Belfast Telegraph he was unsure if the decision was related to his arrest.

“I’ve no idea — I think you need to ask the club about that,” he added.

Writing on Twitter, McCann said: “Just to clarify, no i did not ask to leave! I’m in shock as much as anyone. Thank you for all the lovely tweets, but that’s football.” A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire Constabulary confirmed a 32-year-old was arrested on the A15 at 3am on April 25.

A club spokesman said: “The football club will be dealing with the matter internally and fully recognise the seriousness of the offence. The club will make no further comment at this time.”

McCann has played for Peterborough since 2010. This season he was a first team regular, making 42 appearances and scoring eight goals. However, he was one of eight players placed on the transfer list by manager Darren Ferguson yesterday.

Born in Belfast, McCann played in the Lisburn Distillery youth system from 1995 until signing for West Ham United in 1996. He made his debut against Middlesbrough in May 2001 and also spent time with Barnsley, Cheltenham and Scunthorpe.

But he is best known locally for his performances in a Northern Ireland shirt. His debut for the national team came in a 1-0 away win against Malta in October 2001, and he has gone on to make 37 appearances for his country.

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Grant McCann is a Northern Ireland international who plays club football for Peterborough FC. The 32-year-old midfielder played in the Lisburn Distillery youth system before signing for West Ham United in 1996. His other clubs include Barnsley and Scunthorpe.

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