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Celtic defender fined after nightclub assault

SoccerNews in Scottish Premier League 11 Aug 2008

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Celtic defender Darren O'Dea was fined after a team-mate with the Scottish Premier League champions was assaulted outside a Glasgow nightclub Monday, the BBC reported.

O'Dea, 21, the captain of the Republic of Ireland's under-21 team, was issued with a 40-pound (76-dollar, 51-euro) fine for a breach of the peace after being arrested by Strathclyde Police, the local force said.

Two other men were also arrested in connection with an alleged assault on a 23-year-old man — whom the BBC said was Celtic and Scotland midfielder Scott Brown.

“At approximately 2:30 this morning police were called to a report of a disturbance outside Bamboo nightclub,” said a Strathclyde Police spokeswoman.

“A 23-year-old male was the victim of a minor assault. As a result, two men, aged 18 and 19 were arrested and a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.

“A 21-year-old man was also arrested for a breach of the peace. He was issued with a fixed penalty notice and later released.”

A spokesman for Glasgow giants Celtic said: “The club will co-operate fully with this.”

The incident happened hours after Celtic beat St Mirren 1-0 at Celtic Park in their opening game of the season Sunday. Brown played and O'Dea was an unused substitute.

Dubliner O'Dea, who has made 31 appearances for Celtic, is the nephew of Ireland's Defence Minister Willie O'Dea. He was included in new Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni's first squad in May.

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