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Eric Cantona arrested on suspicion of 'assault'

Published 13/03/2014 | 13:54

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Eric Cantona - Wes Hoolahan took 'Cantona' as his Confirmation name
Eric Cantona - Wes Hoolahan took 'Cantona' as his Confirmation name
Eric Cantona

Former Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has been arrested and cautioned for an assault on a man in London.

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The Frenchman (47) captained Manchester United for a period in the 90s and is credited by many as being the catalyst for Alex Ferguson's team's dominance of English football in the 90s.

It is not known at this stage whether his victim, who did not require medical assistance, plans to press charges.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: "Police were called to Regents Park Road, NW1, at 12.55pm on Wednesday March 12, following reports of an assault.

"Officers from Camden Borough attended and a man in his mid-40s was arrested on suspicion of common assault.

"He was taken into custody and subsequently cautioned for common assault.

"The victim, a man, did not require medical assistance at the scene."

Cantona was convicted of assaulting Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons in January 1995 and was initially sentenced to two weeks in prison, before that was reduced to 120 hours community service.

He was also banned for eight months and fined £10,000 by the English FA, which extended a four-month suspension and £20,000 fine imposed by United.

Cantona, who became an actor after retiring from football, famously reacted to his successful appeal against a jail term with a quote that came to define him: "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea."

Irish Independent

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