Owls striker ‘arrogant thug’

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A Sheffield Wednesday striker accused of knocking out two men in separate nightclub incidents turned into ‘an arrogant, violent thug’ when drunk, a court heard.

Gary Madine already had a conviction for knocking out a man in Carlisle when he attacked Wednesday fan Daniel Beresford and United supporter Reece Hall in two different Sheffield clubs, Leeds Crown Court heard.

Ian West, prosecuting, said: “During his hours of sobriety, Mr Madine is a very fine footballer. The prosecution suggests that in too much drink he turns into an arrogant, violent thug.”

Mr West said Madine, aged 23, knocked out both men with single blows. Both fell to the floor and both suffered broken bones.

Wednesday fan Daniel Beresford, who works at Meadowhall, was attacked in the Paris bar on Carver Street last February and suffered a broken nose, the court heard.

Mr Beresford - who said he was a ‘massive Sheffield Wednesday fan’ - said Madine had looked at him angrily before coming across and hitting him.

He said: “He was one of my favourite players, someone I looked up to.”

Asked if he had a grievance with Madine at the time, he replied: “None at the time. Obviously there is now.”

Mr West said Reece Hall, a Sheffield United fan, was attacked by Madine - who was on bail for the first offence - the following month in the Viper Rooms, also on Carver Street.

While in the club’s toilets Madine is alleged to have asked Mr Hall: “Wednesday or United?”

Mr Hall, who did not recognise the Owls striker, replied ‘United’ - and was attacked by Madine as he made his way back to the bar.

Mr West said Mr Hall suffered a broken jaw and a cheek fractured in five places.

Madine denies grievous bodily harm and causing GBH with intent, and also denies alternative charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and causing grievous bodily harm.

The trial continues.