Blades player admits assault

Sheffield United Photocall  25.9.13'Callum McFadzean - Sheffield United''� BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Sheffield United Photocall 25.9.13'Callum McFadzean - Sheffield United''� BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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A Sheffield United footballer has been given a 12-month community order after pleading guilty to headbutting a woman and hitting a second in the face.

Callum McFadzean, aged 19, assaulted the two women while out drinking with friends on Carver Street, Sheffield, on October 6.

Sheffield Magistrates Court heard CCTV operators witnessed a remonstration between McFadzean and a taxi driver.

As the taxi drove away, friends gathered around McFadzean and he can be seen to push out and hit one of the women in the face.

Five minutes later CCTV captures McFadzean in another remonstration with a second woman.

In the footage the defendant turns round and headbutts the woman, causing a cut to the top of her nose.

The two women were described as friends of the player in court.

District judge Sheila Driver told the player: “It is clear from the CCTV you were extremely drunk, but that is not an excuse.

“Incidents like these happen all too frequently in Sheffield city centre and that is why the court has to take them seriously.

“Fortunately the women involved did not want to make a complaint and it is only because of the CCTV footage that this has come to court.”

Judge Driver also said: “It is clear, however, this is out of character.”

Mr Stilie, representing McFadzean, said: “My client is very remorseful and ashamed by his actions. He has assisted police from the outset and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.”

“He is on his first professional contract for Sheffield United and the club have high hopes for him.”

The midfielder’s career began at Sheffield United’s Football Academy, aged eight.

McFadzean, of Beckton Avenue, Waterthorpe, has played seven senior matches for the Blades this season.

Two charges of threatening behaviour were left to lie on file.

McFadzean was also ordered to pay £80 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.