Sheffield Wednesday soccer star was ‘raging’ at arrest

Sheffield Wednesday's Gary Madine arrives for his assault trial at Leeds Crown Court. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday September 9, 2013. The footballer is accused of knocking two men unconscious in separate nightclub incidents. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Sheffield Wednesday's Gary Madine arrives for his assault trial at Leeds Crown Court. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday September 9, 2013. The footballer is accused of knocking two men unconscious in separate nightclub incidents. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
0
Have your say

Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine told a jury he was ‘raging’ - and swore at a policeman - after being arrested for allegedly attacking a man in a city centre bar.

Madine, who is accused of punching two men in separate nightclub attacks in Sheffield city centre last year, told a jury he is ‘normally quite polite’.

But giving evidence in his defence at Leeds Crown Court, Madine admitted swearing at a custody sergeant and telling officers called to the scene in a police van: “I’ll have you all.”

Madine, who has not played for the Owls for four weeks because of the trial, told the jury: “I’m broken hearted. Football is all I’ve ever known and to have that taken away...”

Madine, aged 23, said he met supposed victim Reece Hall in the toilets of the Viper Rooms on Carver Street, and the pair got chatting.

He said he had no recollection of asking him if he was a Wednesday or United fan.

“I don’t think I would have said that,” said Madine, who is originally from Gateshead. “I’m a Newcastle fan, I just work for Wednesday.”

He said the two were on their way back to the bar when a group of four men came towards them.

Madine said: “Just as I looked back, an arm came out and punched him to the side of the head.”

Asked if he’d seen who hit Mr Hall, Madine said: “Yeah, but I didn’t have a clue.”

Asked by his barrister Alison Dorrell if he’d hit Hall, Madine said: “Definitely not.”

The jury heard police arrived and asked Madine to go outside.

He said: “There were people with camera phones taking photos. Then a police officer said, ‘We are all Blades’. I was raging to be fair. I had seen it all happen. For him to arrest us, I was very annoyed.”

The footballer told the jury he tried to record the officers’ Sheffield United sympathies on his mobile phone while handcuffed in the back of the van, but they didn’t repeat the comments.

Miss Dorrell asked Madine how he felt about his behaviour, looking back.

He admitted: “It was bang out of order - I think I’m quite polite usually. Looking back I was just being a big baby.

“I had been arrested four weeks earlier. I was thinking about the papers the next day, and my gaffer.”

The court heard Madine had been arrested previously after attacking a man called Daniel Beresford while in Paris bar, also on Carver Street, with his housemate, Doncaster Rovers player Kyle Bennett.

He said he was with friends when he locked eyes with Beresford who then threw a drink over him.

He said: “I just panicked. I wasn’t sure if he was going to hit me with a bottle or glass.”

“So you hit him?” asked Miss Dorrell.

“Yes,” he said, adding: “I didn’t really have time to think about how hard, it was more like a reaction.”

Mr Beresford’s nose was broken - and Mr Hall suffered a fractured cheekbone in the assault on him.

But after initially making a police statement naming Madine as his attacker, Mr Hall has said he is unsure who punched him.

The jury was told Madine has a previous conviction for assault in a pub in Carlisle in 2010 when he played for Carlisle United. Madine described it as ‘embarrassing’.

“I was just a young kid, I was being a clown. Immature,” he said. “I told myself I would never be back in that sort of situation again. Unfortunately I am.”

Speaking about the incident in the Paris bar, Miss Dorrell asked Madine: “It was the end of the season, were you getting attention when you went out?”

Madine said: “A little bit. I had scored against Sheffield United and we beat them to promotion with a penalty in the last game.”

Madine denies causing grievous bodily harm, and an alternative charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, against Mr Beresford.

He also denies causing grievous bodily harm with intent, and an alternative of causing grievous bodily harm, against Mr Hall.

The trial continues.