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Ex-Newcastle player jailed after punching woman, 60, and throwing chips at her

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A former Newcastle United player has been jailed for 20 months after throwing cheesy chips at a 60-year-old woman before leaving her with multiple complex facial fractures following a single punch.

Marcus Maddison, 29, who began his career as a youth team player with Newcastle and has gone on to play for Charlton, Hull and Peterborough among others, broke the woman’s nose after an alcohol-fuelled night out in Darlington on September 22 of last year.

He was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court this morning having previously pleaded guilty to a charge of grievous bodily harm without intent at a hearing on June 20.

During a hearing last month, the court heard from prosecutor Robin Turton that on the night of the attack Maddison and a friend left The Gate cocktail bar and went to a kebab shop at 3am before making their way home.

The prosecutor said the footballer exchanged words with the alleged victim’s daughter while walking, saying “F* off, don’t come near me you fat s.” Another person shouted, “You f wait” to which the defendant replied, “You won’t f* catch me.”

Turton said: “Throughout the exchange [Maddison’s friend] was telling the defendant ‘Home Marcus, home’ and later up the street. He heard the defendant say, ‘You come near me and I’m going to pelt these cheesy chips at you’ and he saw the defendant throw his chips with some hitting the victim.”

The court heard that Maddison, who left Darlington FC by mutual consent less than a month after the incident, fell over as he was throwing his food before getting up and punching the woman in the face. Mr Turton said his friend heard a “distinctive pop sound” as the victim fell to the ground.

Recorder Paul Reid said it was a “spontaneous assault, albeit horrific in its nature” and the victim had been struck with “devastating force.” An “oversized ring” worn by Maddison on his right fist was likened to a “knuckle duster”, the court heard.

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Maddison was then accused of fleeing the scene before police officers on Duke Street spotted the woman on the floor holding her face. Mr Turton said: “There was a steady stream of blood coming from what appeared to be a broken nose. She was in the doorway of a shop in Duke Street with her daughter. She was unable to speak due to her injuries.”

The court heard the victim was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital and a CT scan revealed multiple mid-facial bone fractures. In a video interview, the victim said she continues to suffer from numbness to her teeth, damaged sinuses and struggles with dizzy spells, headaches and blackouts.

In a statement following the initial hearing Darlington FC said in a statement: Darlington FC said: “The club were made aware of an alleged incident and conducted an immediate disciplinary investigation.

“After discussion with the player concerned the club agreed to mutually terminate his contract with immediate effect at that time.

“Darlington FC is a fan-owned club and has zero tolerance of discrimination, violence or abusive behaviour. It would be inappropriate for DFC to comment further at this time.”

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Dreams FC land in Uyo for crunch clash with Rivers United

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Ghanaian club, Dreams FC have arrived Uyo for their CAF Confederation Cup clash with Rivers United.

Abdul Karim Zito’s side top the Group C table with 12 points from five games.

The Ghanaian FA Cup champions need just a point from the game to secure a place in the quarter-finals.

Rivers United occupy third position in the group with nine points from same number of matches and just 1-0 win will be enough for the Port Harcourt club to qualify for the knockout round.

The encounter is slated for the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Sunday.

Tunisia’s Club Africain and Academica do Lobito of Angola will clash in the other group game.

 

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StarTimes to air four NPFL games weekly

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StarTimes has increased its weekly live broadcast of Nigeria Professional Football League matches to four from February, instead of the usual two live matches per week.

The Pay-TV firm said fans should brace themselves for an electrifying weekend as the NPFL serves scintillating fixtures on Beta Sports channel 244 on StarTimes.

As the sun sets on Saturday (today) at 5:30pm, Remo Stars take on Bayelsa United. Remo, renowned for their attacking flair, aim to extend their winning streak, while Bayelsa, hungry for points, will be out to play party spoilers.

Also, Doma United square off against Sporting Lagos on Monday. The stakes are high as both teams jostle for mid-table supremacy.

Midweek, two matches were already aired live. Some of the other matches scheduled for this weekend like the Gombe United vs Shooting Stars match have been rescheduled to Tuesday.

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NPFL U-17 Youth League: Elegbeleye Reveals Major Reason Behind Programme Creation

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The Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) has revealed that the major reason for making inroads into the NPFL Youth League is to have a pool of players the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) can consider for international youth tournaments.

At a media parley in Benin, venue of the maiden edition of NPFL Youth League Playoff, NFF 2nd Vice-Chairman and NPFL Chairman, Gbenga Elegbeleye also said the league body has picked some former Super Eagles players whose recommendation would be relied upon to assemble a solid structure for the junior national teams.

“Nigeria have an enviable record of winning the U-16 World Cup on five occasions. However, we couldn’t even qualify from Africa the last time the competition was held due to our lack of planning.

Now that we know that without good planning, you can’t get result, we decided to come up with the idea of the NPFL Youth League exclusively for players in the elite league.

With that, we hope to have a pool of talented players where NFF can pick for U-17 Africa Cup of Nations or FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

He insisted that NPFL should be the main focus of such players.

Four ex-Nigeria International players were unveiled as brand ambassadors.

They are current Super Eagles coordinator Patrick Paschal; Nigeria’s third highest scorer of all time, Yakubu Aiyegbeni; Seyi Olofinjana, a chemical engineer and NFF technical director, Augustine Eguavoen.

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