Premier League footballer charged

A PREMIER League footballer who was arrested in Bulwell after a motorway crash has been charged with drink-driving.

Barry Bannan (21), who plays for Aston Villa and has been capped nine times by Scotland, was found roaming Main Street in the early hours of Sunday October 23 and was picked up by police.

He had allegedly been behind the wheel of a black Range Rover that was involved in a crash near junction 26 of the M1 at 5.30 am. No other vehicles were involved.

Bannan, of Middleton Road, Sutton Coldfield, was found with another professional footballer, Shrewsbury Town striker James Collins.

The pair were released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Now it has been confirmed that Bannan has been charged with drink-driving, failing to stop after a road accident, driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence and driving without due care and attention. Mr Collins (20) will not face any charges.

Bannan will appear at Nottingham Magistrates Court next Friday (November 25).

The crash is alleged to have happened just hours after Bannan played for Villa in a 2-1 derby defeat against West Bromwich Albion.