Former Manchester United defender Paul McGrath arrested for alleged public order offence

The former Aston Villa and Red Devils defender was arrested by Irish police after alleged public order offences in Tullamore, County Offaly and will appear in court in July
Former Manchester United and Aston Villa defender Paul McGrath was arrested in Ireland for alleged public order offences over the weekend.

The ex-Republic of Ireland international was arrested by Gardai (Irish police) in Tullamore, County Offaly on Saturday June 29 after locals complained that a man was being loud and disturbing people near the Tullamore Court Hotel.

McGrath was subsequently taken to a local police station where he was charged under sections four and six of the Public Order Act. He was then bailed and will appear at Tullamore District Court on July 17.

The 53-year-old has been open about his struggle with alcoholism and wrote about it in his 2006 autobiography Back from the Brink.

In an international career that spanned 12 years, McGrath made 83 appearances for the Republic of Ireland, scoring eight goals. He featured for the Boys in Green at the European Championships in 1988 as well as two World Cups in 1990 and 1994.