Paul Butler: Ex-Leeds United captain in assault trial

Paul Butler in match action for Leeds United.
Paul Butler in match action for Leeds United.
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FORMER Leeds United captain Paul Butler has been sent for trial before a jury, accused of assault.

Butler, 38, appeared at Macclesfield Magistrates Court today (Wednesday) where he denied assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was committed for trial to Chester Crown Court, to appear at a later date.

Butler, who is now a chief scout for Oldham Athletic, was charged with the offence following an alleged punch-up at a school charity event last September 18.

Officers were called to an incident at the Knutsford Oktoberfest event at Mere Golf Club where a fellow guest apparently suffered a broken nose and a split lip.

The former Leeds defender and ex-Republic of Ireland international, who lives in Pickmere in Cheshire, was named as Oldham’s chief scout last July.

During a long career, he has also played for Sunderland, Rochdale, Bury and Wolves.

Butler joined Leeds United from Wolves in July 2004 and was made team captain under then manager Kevin Blackwell.

He was stripped of his captaincy when Dennis Wise took over and he moved to Milton Keynes Dons in November 2006.

He signed to play for Chester City, but left the club in early 2009.

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