UK Court: Swan Denies Assaulting Footballer

January 15, 2020

Damien Swan has pleaded not guilty in a British court to a charge of allegedly assaulting former footballer Gary McAllister, according to multiple reports from the British media.

According to the West Yorkshire Police, “Damien Swan, aged 33, of Greenmount Terrace, Beeston, was charged by postal requisition with assault occasioning actual bodily harm in relation to the incident in Call Lane in the early hours of Sunday, March 24, where a man in his fifties was assaulted.”

The BBC News reported that “A man has denied punching Rangers assistant boss Gary McAllister outside a bar, causing his teeth to go through his lip. Former midfielder Mr McAllister was allegedly punched in the face on 24 March, Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard.

“Damien Swan, 33, of Greenmount Terrace, Beeston, Leeds, denied actual bodily harm and was bailed to appear at Leeds Crown Court on 12 February.”

“Mr McAllister, 55, who has 57 caps for Scotland, captained Leeds United in the 1991-92 season when the club won the former First Division championship.

“He also captained his country in the Euro ’96 finals. The Leeds legend, who took up the post of assistant manager at Rangers last year, also played at Motherwell, Leicester City, Coventry City and Liverpool in a career that lasted more than two decades.”

According to Shropshire Star, “Former Scotland captain and Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister was allegedly punched in the face, causing his teeth to go through his lip, a court has heard.

“Swan, wearing black jeans and a checked shirt, only spoke to confirm his name and give his date of birth, address and nationality. The clerk asked him if he wished to indicate a plea at this stage to the offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and Swan replied: “Not guilty.”

The Scotsman reported, “Bermudian national Damien Swan, 33, made a brief appearance at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, where he indicated a not guilty plea to assaulting Mr McAllister, 55, on March 24 last year.”

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