Leeds United star O’Kane escapes injury after car crash

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Leeds United player Eunan O’Kane escaped injury after being involved in a crash on his way to meet up with the Republic of Ireland squad this weekend.

The 26-year-old midfielder was with Brighton & Hove Albion footballer Shane Duffy at the time of the collision on Sunday en route to a training camp.

Model Laura Lacole and Leeds United's Eunan O'Kane outside the High Court in Belfast. PIC: PA

Model Laura Lacole and Leeds United's Eunan O'Kane outside the High Court in Belfast. PIC: PA

The Irish FA later tweeted: “We can confirm Shane Duffy and Eunan O’Kane were in a minor car crash en route to the Republic of Ireland training camp today.

“The two players have now reported safely to the team hotel in Dublin.”

It was later confirmed that both players had been passed fit and would train with Martin O’Neill’s squad this morning.

The pair were due to fly out to the United States with the rest of the squad ahead of Ireland’s friendly against Mexico in New Jersey.

We can confirm Shane Duffy and Eunan O’Kane were in a minor car crash en route to the Republic of Ireland training camp today

Tweet from the Irish FA

O’Kane, who was born in Northern Ireland, has made 24 league appearance for Leeds United since signing from Bournemouth last summer.

Last week, he and his model fiancée Laura Lacole were told they must wait to find out whether they would get legal recognition of their looming humanist wedding in their home country.

Mr Justice Colton reserved judgement at the end of a day-long hearing at Belfast High Court on Friday, but promised to make a decision as soon as possible.

Under current law in Northern Ireland, Ms Lacole and Mr O’Kane’s planned humanist wedding in Ballymena’s luxury Galgorm Resort on June 22 will not be recognised in law. For such recognition they would need to have a separate civil ceremony.

A lawyer for the couple told the court they were being denied the same rights afforded to religious people.

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