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Eric Cantona arrested for assault

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Eric Cantona arrested for assault

Post by Trotters on Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:51 am

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/mar/13/eric-cantona-arrested-london-assault-primrose-hill

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Eric Cantona arrested and cautioned after assault in London

• Former Manchester United star taken into police custody
• Incident took place in Primrose Hill area of London

The former Manchester United striker Eric Cantona was arrested and cautioned for common assault following an incident in north London on Wednesday lunchtime.


Even in retirement, the mecurial Frenchman has never been far from controversy. From mooted bids for the French presidency to roles in award winning movies, his post-football career has been as eventful as his time at Leeds United and Manchester United.



Scotland Yard did not name the 47-year-old Frenchman, who turned to acting in flims including Elizabeth and Looking for Eric after quitting as a player at the age of 30 in 1997, but confirmed that a man in his mid-40s had been arrested 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,"

said a Scotland Yard spokeswoman.

"He was taken into custody and subsequently cautioned for common assault. The victim, a man, did not require medical assistance at the scene."

Cantona had earlier been seen at the Queens pub on Regents Park Road in Primrose Hill, a leafy and prosperous part of north London between Camden and Regents Park.

In January 1995 Cantona was infamously convicted of assaulting Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons, launching a kung fu kick over the advertising hoardings at Selhurst Park. Cantona had been sent off and Simmons had been shouting abuse at the Frenchman.

He was initially sentenced to two weeks in prison, later reduced to 120 hours community service.

The Football Association banned him for eight months and fined Cantona £10,000. After Sir Alex Ferguson had persuaded him to stay at the club, later making him captain, he went to finish his Manchester United career with four Premier League titles in five seasons and having won the Double twice.

In 2011, Cantona told the BBC that while the kung fu kick had been a mistake, he looked back on it with a certain fondness.

"When I did the kung fu kick on the hooligan, because these kind of people don't have to be at the game... it's like a dream for some, you know, sometimes to kick these kind of people," he said.

"So I did it for [the fans]. So they are happy. It's a kind of freedom for them."

Cantona, who took on a role as director of football for the revived New York Cosmos in 2011, said then that he preferred not to dwell on the past.

"I don't care about the past. It was a great memory but I don't want to think about it. I want to look forward," he said.

"You can feel very quickly as a prisoner of your past, of the memories. I prefer to be free and think about tomorrow."

At a press conference following his appeal against his jail term in 1995, Cantona famously said: "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea."

On Thursday, Cantona's agent in Paris refused to comment on his arrest. "I don't know. There is nothing to say," said a spokeswoman
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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:53 am

Wonder if it was the same Palarse fan twenty years later?

When the shit hit the fan...

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Post by Trotters on Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:46 am

HAHAHA! Can you imagine that scene. Cantona, thinking "This bloke looks vaguely familiar..." Very Happy
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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:57 am

Can't believe it's 19 years since that kick.

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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:46 am

Billy McBingo wrote:Wonder if it was the same Palarse fan twenty years later?

When the shit hit the fan...

Boom, boom.  Very Happy 

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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 14, 2014 11:22 am

And 'le twat francais' still had his shirt collar turned up.

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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 14, 2014 12:13 pm

He was arrested by Robbie Savage!


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Post by Trotters on Fri Mar 14, 2014 12:28 pm

lol!  lol!  lol! 
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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 14, 2014 5:54 pm

Some of the one liners on this thread =

  

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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 14, 2014 5:55 pm

I wish people would take it serious...

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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:52 pm

Same night Bozzie did Klinsmann.

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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:24 pm

BillyBleach wrote:Same night Bozzie did Klinsmann.
How time flies.

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Post by Guest on Sat Mar 15, 2014 12:36 am

@Trotters wrote:lol!  lol!  lol! 

And that white haired geezer watching on...looks like that Brennan bloke out of Coronation Street. You know, the bloke with only one leg? The bloke that died in a horrific crash? What was his first name...Don or something like that.

I remember the old joke at that time, "What's got three legs and eats fish and chips? Don & Ivy Brennan"

Anyhoo...Cantona...obviously still a bit of a grade A clunge.


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Post by Guest on Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:42 am

Does look like him though :)

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Post by Guest on Sat Mar 15, 2014 12:15 pm

Haha! Didn't do much damage to the MG either.

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Post by Guest on Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:27 pm

I heard he assaulted a bunch of seagulls with a hand held trawler.

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