A DONCASTER Knights rugby player has been fined for being abusive towards a policeman during a town centre ‘melee’.
Sam Pailor admitted being drunk and disorderly on a night out at the Rock-a-hula Tiki Bar, Hall Gate, on March 24.
Police were called about another man’s behaviour but the 23-year-old player got involved when officers tried to arrest one of his friends.
Karen Mann, prosecuting at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court, said: “Officers came across what can only be described as a melee.
“The defendant tried to intervene and stop this person being taken away. Mr Pailor became abusive towards the officers. He was eventually restrained and arrested.”
Pailor said: “I wasn’t aggressive. I’d only had about four pints. I won’t be drinking for the rest of the period here at all. We aren’t doing very well - we have a few games ahead and we need to win them.” He was fined £250, with £85 costs and a £25 victim surcharge.