Ex-England star Merson banned for drink-driving

Former England and Arsenal star Paul Merson was banned from driving for 14 months on Wednesday after crashing his car into a truck last year while over the alcohol limit.

Merson pleaded guilty to drink-driving in a hearing at Leamington Spa Magistrates which heard how the 43-year-old fell asleep at the wheel after having a "few drinks" at a charity event last October.

The Arsenal legend crashed his Mercedes car into a heavy goods vehicle as he was driving home from the event, the court was told.

Merson made nearly 300 appearances for Arsenal during a 12-year career with the Gunners before later stints with Middlesbrough, Aston Villa, Portsmouth and Walsall. He also earned 21 caps for England between 1991 and 1998.

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