Sheffield United player guilty of 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 pleaded guilty to headbutting a woman and hitting a second in the face.

Callum McFadzean, aged 19, assaulted the women while out drinking with friends in Sheffield city centre on October 6, a judge heard this morning.

Sheffield Magistrates Court heard CCTV images showed he was ‘extremely drunk’ when he attacked both women, who were friends of the player.

McFadzean, of Beckton Avenue, Waterthorpe, Sheffield, will be sentenced this afternoon.

Prosecutor Chantel Lowery-Green said CCTV operators had witnessed the first attack on camera and then directed police to Carver Street.

“At about 02.55 we see Mr McFadzean being carried to a taxi.

“He is extremely drunk and there is some remonstration between him and the driver,” she said.

“In any event as the taxi starts to drive away some friends gather round him. He can been seen to push out and hit one woman in the face.

“About five minutes later they are tracking him and he seems to have another remonstration with some people and there is another female there.

“He can be seen to turn around and headbutt her.”

Miss Lowery-Green said the second woman suffered a cut to the top of her nose.

Neither of the women brought a complaint against McFadzean.

He will be sentenced this afternoon after a probation officer has prepared a pre-sentence report.

District judge Sheila Driver told the player he would be dealt with by way of a community order.

“I’m not considering custody in your case,” she said.

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

The midfielder has played seven senior games for the Blades this season.