Eric Cantona arrested for assault in London
konknaijaboy | On 13, Mar 2014
Source: The Telegraph
Metropolitan Police have arrested and cautioned former Manchester United star Eric Cantona for assaulting a man in London
Eric Cantona has been arrested and cautioned for assaulting a man in London on Wednesday.
The former Manchester United star was taken into custody by police following a lunchtime altercation in the city’s Primrose Hill area.
It was not known on Thursday whether his victim, who did not require medical assistance, planned to press charges.
The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “Police were called to Regents Park Road, NW1, at 12.55pm on Wednesday 12th March, 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, 47, 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.
Eric Cantona speaks to a policeman opposite Chalk Farm train station, March 12 2014 (SWNS.COM)
He was also banned for eight months and fined £10,000 by the Football Association, 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.”