Bannan charged with driving offences

Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan has been charged with a string of driving offences following a motorway crash, police said on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old midfielder, from Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, was charged on Monday night with driving with excess alcohol, 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.

Nottinghamshire Police said the charges related to a "single vehicle collision" on the southbound carriageway of the M1 near Watnall, at around 5.30am on Sunday October 23.

Bannan, a Scotland international, was bailed to appear before magistrates in Nottingham on November 25.

Police said a 20-year-old man arrested and bailed in connection with the same incident would not face charges.

A spokesman for Aston Villa said: "There will be no further comment by the club at this stage."

Bannan was suspended while Villa conducted an internal investigation into the alleged offences and left out of their squad at Sunderland earlier in the month.

The club then suspended their inquiry while police carried out their investigations and Bannan was available for the home game with Norwich 11 days ago although he did not make the final 18.

He made his playing comeback for the reserves against West Brom last night and scored one of Villa’s goals in a 3-0 win.