Sheffield Wednesday star on assault charge

Sheffield Wednesday player Gary Madine arrives at Sheffield Magistrates' Court.

Sheffield Wednesday player Gary Madine arrives at Sheffield Magistrates' Court.

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday striker Gary Madine will be allowed to attend tonight’s club promotion celebrations – despite being barred from most of the city centre, accused of attacking a man in a nightclub.

The 21-year-old appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court yesterday on one charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

His bail conditions include an order that he must not enter any retail premises within half-a-mile of Sheffield city centre, and he must not go to Carver Street.

But the footballer’s solicitor, Lesley Goodman, told magistrates yesterday: “There is a civic reception for players of Sheffield Wednesday football club.

“It’s this player’s intention, with the court’s permission, to attend.”

Solicitor Julie Grant, prosecuting, replied: “We can’t object to that.”

District Judge John Browne told Madine: “Your conditions will remain in force except two will be suspended for tomorrow. You won’t be subject to those two conditions.”

The court’s ruling leaves Madine free to attend the civic reception for the Owls squad and manager Dave Jones, who will wave to crowds from the Town Hall balcony at 6pm tonight.

Thousands of fans are expected to cheer their heroes from the pavement below.

Madine indicated a plea of not guilty, and his case will be sent for trial before a jury at crown court.

Magistrates heard the alleged incident happened on February 5 in the Paris bar on Carver Street.

Mrs Grant said Madine is accused of punching a young man called Daniel Beresford at around 1am.

Madine - who attended court wearing blue jeans, a grey T-shirt and a black hooded jacket - spoke only to confirm his name and address in Middlewood, and indicate his plea.

Madine - nicknamed ‘The Goal Machine’ - started his first team career in 2007 at Carlisle United, and signed to Sheffield Wednesday in January 2011.

Last September he was awarded the title of Football League Young Player of the Month, after scoring 10 goals in 12 games.

Madine will appear before magistrates again in July, when his case will be committed to Sheffield Crown Court.

By Richard Blackledge