Friday 30 September 2016

Former Celtic midfielder to appear in court on attempted murder charge

Published 01/03/2016 | 13:35

Former Celtic midfielder Evander Sno will appear in court in his native Netherlands accused of attempted manslaugther and assault.

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It is alleged that the midfielder, along with two members of his family, was involved in a brawl that saw two men being kicked and beaten as they lay on the floor in Amsterdam in 2013.

Sno and his relatives deny the charges and they will appear in court in Amsterdam on Wednesday.

Sno, who is currently without a club, told a local newspaper (translated by the Daily Record) at the wekend:

“Attempted murder is greatly exaggerated. They are really making it much larger and more serious than it was.

“There was a scuffle, involving people I knew. I wanted to calm things down, saying: ‘Hey boys, this isn’t necessary, we are just enjoying ourselves.’.

“Then I was hit myself, and yes, I don’t let myself get hit, so I defended myself. But I certainly didn’t kick them when they were on the ground.”

He continued: “I don’t know the victims, and don’t even know what the quarrel was about. They are making a big thing about it because I’m a football player.

“If you kick someone on the leg as he is lying on the ground, they call it attempted murder.

“But I didn’t kick them once when they were down.”

The 28-year-old signed for the Scottish giants in the summer of 2006 and played for two seasons in Glasgow before securing a move to Ajax.

However a number of heart problems, including a heart attack in 2010, have curtailed his once promising career.

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