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Sochaux skipper charged with police assault

SoccerNews in English Premier League, Ligue 1 31 Mar 2009

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Sochaux captain Stephane Dalmat was charged on Tuesday with assaulting a police officer after a drunken brawl on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

The former Tottenham midfielder was arrested early on Monday morning on the French capital’s most famous avenue after French police were called to break up a fight involving Dalmat, his brother, and two friends.

Several police officers required treatment for injuries.

As well as assault Dalmat has also been charged according to sources with violent behaviour to his wife, a claim disputed by the player’s agent, Alexander Krstic.

“That’s totally false, I spoke to his wife by telephone and she is shocked by what’s been said, Stephane is incapable of doing that,” said Krstic.

Dalmat has been summoned to appear in court to answer the charges on May 27.

His brother and one of his two friends are due in court on the same charges. The fourth man has been released without charge.

Dalmat started his professional career with French outfit Chateauroux in 1997 before moving on to play for Lens, Marseille, Paris Saint Germain, then Inter Milan, Tottenham, Santander and Barcelona.

He joined Sochaux in 2007.

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