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Paul Taylor charged with grievous bodily harm for alleged pub brawl

Ipswich striker Taylor charged with GBH after alleged pub brawl in Suffolk

By
John Fahey, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

13:36 GMT, 2 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:36 GMT, 2 March 2013

Ipswich striker Paul Taylor has been charged over an alleged pub brawl.

The 25-year-old was charged with causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) following the incident at a pub in the Suffolk town in October last year.

The alleged victim, a 30-year-old man, sustained two broken fingers and a fractured eye socket, Norfolk Police said.

Charged: Paul Taylor is alleged to have been involved in a pub brawl

Charged: Paul Taylor is alleged to have been involved in a pub brawl

The forward, who broke his ankle last September during a match, will appear at Ipswich Magistrates' Court on March 18.

A force spokesman said Taylor, of Ashton Close, Rendlesham, was charged alongside Olatunde Ademuyiwa, 24, of Beechway, Liverpool, who was also charged with GBH.

Ademuyiwa was also charged with assault by beating, along with Jodie Twitchett, 24, of Ashton Close, Rendlesham, during which a 42-year-old man sustained a broken rib and a cut to the head in the same incident.

Shane Warne and Marlon Samuels involved in spat in Melbourne

It's the Big Bash (and swearing) League! Warne involved in altercation with Samuels in Melbourne Twenty20 clash

By
Paul Newman

PUBLISHED:

12:12 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

21:14 GMT, 6 January 2013

Shane Warne is in danger of bringing an ignominious end to his distinguished career after an ugly spat with Marlon Samuels.

Sunday's Melbourne derby in front of a record Australian domestic Twenty20 crowd of 46,581 in the Big Bash was marred by one of the worst incidents seen in top cricket in years.

And while Samuels was most at fault for hurling his bat in scenes reminiscent of the infamous clash between Dennis Lillee and Javed Miandad, Warne first lobbed the ball at his opponent.

Finger of blame: Warne directs some fruity language towards Samuels

Finger of blame: Warne directs some fruity language towards Samuels

Bats your lot: Samuels lobbed his bat in Warne's direction after being hit on the shoulder

Bats your lot: Samuels lobbed his bat in Warne's direction after being hit on the shoulder

Bats your lot: Samuels lobbed his bat in Warne's direction after being hit on the shoulder

It all started when Samuels seemed to pull David Hussey back by his shirt as the Melbourne Stars batsman considered a second run after joining the Renegades bowler at the non-striker’s end.

Then when Samuels came in to bat, Warne wagged his finger at the West Indian and said: ‘F*** you, mate.’

In the next over, Warne ran in to
field a ball defended by Samuels and, with the batsman making no effort
to run, the leg-spinner lobbed the ball at his opponent, hitting him on
the arm.

In a spin: Samuel's team were victorious, despite Warne's best efforts

In a spin: Samuel's team were victorious, despite Warne's best efforts

Samuels hurled his bat down the pitch, fortunately without it hitting Warne.

The umpires calmed the pair down but
Warne, wearing a microphone in the field, told Fox Sports: ‘What do you
expect when someone throws a bat at you’

Samuels was later struck in the face
trying to pull Lasith Malinga and may be out of the competition with a
fractured eye socket.

Paul Taylor arrested following Ipswich pub brawl, two injured

Ipswich striker Taylor arrested following pub brawl which left two injured

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UPDATED:

13:06 GMT, 21 November 2012

Ipswich Town striker Paul Taylor has been arrested following a pub fracas in which two members of staff were assaulted and injured.

Taylor, 25, joined the Tractor Boys in a 1.75 million move from Championship rivals Peterborough in August.

He is expected to miss the remainder of the season after surgery on a broken foot sustained in only his third game for the club.

Fracas: Taylor has been arrested after an incident at an Ipswich pub

Fracas: Taylor has been arrested after an incident at an Ipswich pub

A police statement confirmed that Taylor and a 24-year-old woman from Liverpool, believed to be his girlfriend, were arrested following an incident in an Ipswich town centre pub on October 16 at 12.15am.

The statement added: 'Two male members of staff within the premises were assaulted. One victim suffered a broken rib and the other a fractured eye socket and a broken finger.'

The couple have been released on police bail pending further enquiries until January 16 2013.

It is not the first time that Liverpool-born Taylor, who launched his career as a youth player at Manchester City, has been in trouble.

On the move: Taylor joined Town from Peterbrough in the summer

On the move: Taylor joined Town from Peterbrough in the summer

Four years ago, when he was at Chester City, he was banned from playing for six months after traces of cocaine were found in a random drugs sample.

He moved to Belgian lower league outfit Montegne before his goals alerted giants Anderlecht, for whom he signed in December 2009. He returned to England to join Peterborough in February last year.

An Ipswich Town statement said: 'We are aware of an alleged incident that took place in the town recently involving one of our players that is currently being investigated by the police.

'We are in communication with the police authorities over this matter but will be making no further comment at this stage.'

Dylan Hartley eye injury leaves England light

Hartley eye injury leaves England light for autumn internationals

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 1 October 2012

Crocked: Hartley's nasty eye injury

Crocked: Hartley's nasty eye injury

England endured another injury scare on Monday as it emerged that hooker Dylan Hartley – a prime captaincy candidate – has suffered a hairline fracture of an eye socket.

The 26-year-old Northampton skipper was forced off during his club’s Aviva Premiership victory over Wasps at Franklin’s Gardens last Friday night and a check-up has revealed the fracture.

At this stage, the Saints are hoping that Hartley will be fit to return in a fortnight, but any delay in his recovery will alarm England head coach Stuart Lancaster, with the national squad due to go into camp at the end of this month ahead of their autumn Test series.

‘He got a bang to his eye socket and we took him off after about 60 minutes,’ said Jim Mallinder, Northampton’s director of rugby. ‘He had it checked today and has a very small hairline fracture to the eye socket so it’s disappointing. He will probably miss this week. If we look after him, then he should be OK for a couple of weeks’ time.’

Lancaster will want Hartley fit for the next four games at Twickenham, starting with Fiji on November 10. England are without one leading hooker, Rob Webber, and Joe Gray of Harlequins was forced off early in Sunday’s loss to Saracens. Hartley is the incumbent captain, having led England to a draw against South Africa in Port Elizabeth in their last game.

Big blow: Hartley has been on top form for Northampton

Big blow: Hartley has been on top form for Northampton

With Lancaster refusing for now to confirm Chris Robshaw as his long-term skipper, Hartley should be considered, according to Mallinder, who said: ‘I can’ t really talk for Chris Robshaw, but I can speak very, very highly of Dylan Hartley. He has matured as a player. Hooker is a tough position but he leads from the front. Off the field he’s got the respect of all the players and he’s definitely a candidate.’

Sale’s Wales No 8 Andy Powell will face a disrepute charge at a hearing in Leeds on Tuesday. He is alleged to have ‘mouthed foul language and to have made an offensive hand gesture to spectators’ as his club lost at Bath last Saturday.

His team-mate Tom Brady has been charged with making a dangerous tackle on Ben Skirving, and Wasps’ Tim Payne has been charged with hitting Northampton’s Vasily Artemyev.

Manu Tuilagi ready for England return

Tuilagi ready for England return after 'growing up fast' from World Cup shame


Comeback: Manu Tuilagi is ready for his England return

Comeback: Manu Tuilagi is ready for his England return

Manu Tuilagi has done a lot of growing up in the last six months and now feels ready to make a fresh start with England after overcoming a double injury setback.

The Leicester centre had been one of the few on-field success stories of England's failed World Cup campaign – but he returned home from New Zealand in shame.

Tuilagi's decision to jump from a ferry into Auckland harbour, the day after England's World Cup quarter-final defeat to France, was the final scandal of a tournament dogged by controversy.

The 20-year-old then suffered a shattered eye-socket followed by a hamstring injury, which has restricted him to just five games for Leicester.

But Tuilagi is back in the England fold now – a new environment built by interim coach Stuart Lancaster, which places pride and honour in the jersey at the heart of everything – with a shot at redemption.

'When you wear the red rose you go out and represent everyone in the country. That has been clarified,' Tuilagi said.

'That comes from the experiences I had in New Zealand. After that you learn and change things.

'I've grown up fast in this environment. I feel I've learned a lot and with that experience I've grown up as a person as well as a player.

Realisation: Tuilagi now understands the extent of the scrutiny the players are under

Realisation: Tuilagi now understands the extent of the scrutiny the players are under

'I didn't realise before how much attention and scrutiny you get on you as an England rugby player. I realise it now. I realise I've got to make better decisions in future.

'The World Cup obviously wasn't great, but we've got the Six Nations now to focus on.

'I had a good World Cup personally. I didn't expect to play all those games but it feels like I'm almost starting again with England.

'I have to put in the work.'

Asked whether he would jump off that ferry again, Tuilagi said: 'No, let's leave it there.'

Few: Injury has restricted Tuilagi's club appearances

Few: Injury has restricted Tuilagi's club appearances

Tuilagi will play for Leicester against Saracens on Sunday, one final run-out before making an anticipated international return for England against Wales.

'I definitely feel fit and ready to play. I've been out that long,' said Tuilagi.

'I broke my cheekbone and eye socket in a head to cheek collision with Gloucester's Scott Lawson. I had an operation to put a titanium plate in because the bone was shattered. There was nothing there.

'I'm really excited to get back among new management and new players.

'Hopefully Sunday's game against Saracens will go well and I'll go from there.'

Lancaster must decide whether to bring Tuilagi straight back into the starting line-up or, as is more likely, introduce him from the bench and start with an Owen Farrell-Brad Barritt centre partnership.