Steve Kean charged with drink-driving

17 May 2011 07:35

Blackburn manager Steve Kean has been charged with drink-driving after he was stopped by police in Cheshire on Saturday evening following his team's draw with Manchester United.

Kean was driving his Mercedes on the M6 between Knutsford and Holmes Chapel when he was stopped by police and provided a positive breath test.

The 43-year-old was released on bail and will appear at Crewe magistrates' court next month.

Charged: Blackburn boss Kean will appear in court next month

The charge is unlikely to affect Kean's job with Blackburn playing their final Barclays Premier League game of the season at Wolves on Sunday.

But it is an unwanted distraction in a crucial week for Rovers who lie sixth from bottom in the table after the 1-1- draw that saw United confirmed as champions, and are one of five clubs still in danger of relegation to the Championship.

It also represents another controversial chapter in Kean's five-month reign as Blackburn boss.

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The Scot has struggled to win over fans since new Indian owners Venky's sacked the popular Sam Allardyce and promoted Kean from first-team coach in December amid concerns over their links with his agents SEM.

A statement from Cheshire police read: 'At 8.50pm on Saturday 14 May,Cheshire officers stopped a Mercedes car on the M6 southbound carriageway, between Junction 18 and 19.

'The driver, a 43-year-old man, provided a positive breath test. He was subsequently charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol and bailed to appear at Crewe magistrates' court next month.'

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