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Dudley footballer set to pay the penalty in court for assault on the ref
2:15pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
A DUDLEY footballer has admitted an assault which broke the referee's nose during an important league fixture.
Shane Davies had lined up for a top of the table clash in the Cradley Heath League between Malt Shovel Athletic and Ocker Hill Wagon at the King George V Park in Wordsley.
At Wolverhampton Crown Court the 26-year-old of Hillside Road, Wrens Nest, pleaded guilty to assaulting 63-year-old Alan Kite - a retired police officer.
Mr Kite suffered a broken nose in the attack but Davies has maintained he slapped the official with his left hand and it had never been his intention to cause serious injury.
Timothy Sapwell, prosecuting, maintained to the court that an eye witness to the incident on March 31 would say it was a punch rather than a slap.
Recorder Mark Wall QC ruled there would have to be a further hearing to determine exactly what happened at the football match.
He remanded Davies on conditional bail until Friday November 8 for a hearing to listen to evidence from witnesses for both the prosecution and the defence.