Haye flies to US as probe continues
Published 22/02/2012 | 05:00
David Haye flew out to Las Vegas yesterday as German police prosecutors took over investigations into last Saturday's press conference fracas in Munich with fellow British heavyweight Dereck Chisora, following Chisora's defeat to Vitali Klitschko in a world-title bout.
As Haye embarked on a long-standing arrangement to holiday in Sin City, Munich police have left the events "in process" with a prosecutor, who will decide whether the incident merits a case being brought against the former world heavyweight champion, which could require extradition for interviews.
Chisora was arrested, questioned and released on Sunday, having grappled with Haye and vowed to "shoot" his rival during their confrontation. Haye, who punched Chisora with a fist clutching a glass bottle and swung a camera tripod at Chisora's trainer Don Charles, fled and headed straight for the airport with manager Adam Booth.
Sabine Mandlmeier, a spokeswoman for Munich police, said that "a state attorney is now responsible for the process, and will go to the court in Germany if they find it is necessary to bring Mr Haye for interviews."
British police confirmed that if Haye were to be extradited for interviews, or if German police wished to come to the UK to interview the fighter, permission would have to be sought by German authorities.
Haye could technically face up to 10 years in a German prison if found guilty of "dangerous assault", while Chisora could be jailed for two years. Any action is more likely to be in the form of strong financial penalties. (© Daily Telegraph, London)