Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Crerand: I Swore at Police Because I'm from Glasgow

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Crerand: I Swore at Police Because I'm from Glasgow

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UNITED legend Paddy Crerand blamed his Glaswegian background for his language when he was arrested over a 1am drink-driving crash.

Magistrates heard the 79-year old ex-footballer, now a TV and radio commentator, shout 'if they can't spell it, tell them to **** off' when he was asked by officers to spell his name following a crash in Sale.

Speaking about the language he used, Crerand told magistrates: "On the football pitch we use it all the time. If you go to Glasgow, it's the first thing you hear."

The outburst from the former Reds ace - who played 304 games for United between 1963 and 1971 - came after he pulled out of a side road in his black Audi, just 300 yards from his home, and ploughed into a car as he and his wife Noreen returned from a family dinner.

When the driver of the red Ford Fiesta, who was in his 20s, checked if Crerand was okay, the former Scottish midfielder questioned why he was 'out at that time of night' and told him: "I can't believe what you have done. I can't believe what you have ****ing done."

The court heard the fatherof-three, who has eight grandchildren, repeatedly refused to give his name to the driver, who didn't recognise him, before swearing at his mother when she arrived at the scene at around 1.30am on January 15.

At Manchester magistrates court, Crerand blamed his bad language on 'being Scottish' and claimed swearing was a 'way of expressing himself' in his native Glasgow.

He admitted drink-driving and driving without due care and attention and was banned from the roads for 22 months.

Tests revealed Crerand had 65 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

He told the hearing: "My wife Noreen and I went to my daughter's house for something to eat and I drove us there. We were there for two to three hours and I drank three to four glasses of wine. We left the house at about 1am. We were going to stay the night, but my wife had forgotten her medication, so we were going home to get it. We lived about three miles away, maybe less. …

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