Footballer, 18, charged with assaulting two rival players during a match

Stroud News and Journal: Footballer, 18, charged with assaulting two rival players during a match Footballer, 18, charged with assaulting two rival players during a match

AN 18 year old Hardwicke Football Club player appeared in court on Friday accused of assaulting two rival players from Tetbury during a match.

Ashley Witts, of Kaskelot Way, Hempsted, Gloucester, was playing centre forward for Hardwicke United U-18s against Avonvale U-18s in Tetbury when trouble flared fifteen minutes before full time.

Witts appeared before Gloucester Crown Court today charged with assaulting Avonvale goalkeeper Jack Johnson, 18, causing actual bodily harm.

He is also charged with common assault on another Avonvale player, aged 17.

The violence is alleged to have occurred after Witts and Johnson contested for the ball in the Avonvale goal area.

Mr Johnson suffered a broken nose and fractured cheekbone and was taken to hospital in Swindon.

Today's hearing was for a timetable to be set for further progress of the case.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC agreed to a submission from defence solicitor Sarah Jenkins for a two week adjournment till June 12th so she can take further instrutions.

Witts was granted bail till then.

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