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Gleeson charged with drink-driving

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/10/2016

All Whites goalkeeper Jake Gleeson has been charged with drink driving after crashing his car in Portland, Oregon.

New Zealand Football chief executive Andy Martin described the news as disappointing, and said All Whites coach Anthony Hudson was in the process of gathering more information on the matter.

Gleeson, 26, who plays for the Portland Timbers in the MLS, has been involved in a two-vehicle crash with team-mate Liam Ridgewell and charged with reckless driving and reckless endangerment.

Gleeson has played eight times for New Zealand since his 2011 debut and has played for the MLS club since 2010.

His side had been ruled out of the MLS playoffs the night before the incident.

"It is difficult for us to comment until we have spoken to Jake and the club and got more information," Martin said in a statement on Wednesday.

"We expect high standards of professionalism from our players both on and off the pitch, so we are naturally disappointed to read this news but we need to know more before making any further comment."

Martin and Gleeson will not be available for comment on this matter at this stage.

Portland Timbers said in a statement that they were aware of the incident and were gathering information.

"The team has been in close contact with the players, local law enforcement and the league office," the club said.

Their cases are scheduled for November 16 at a Lake Oswego municipal court.

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