Paul Butler: Ex-Leeds United captain denies assault

Former Leeds United skipper Paul Butler pleaded not guilty to assault when he appeared in court in the North West yesterday.

The 38-year-old, who is now Oldham Athletic's chief talent scout, is accused over an alleged punch up at a school charity event three months ago.

The ex-Republic of Ireland international, who lives in Pickmere in Cheshire, was accused of assault after police were called to an incident at a school's parent teacher association fundraiser at a golf club in Knutsford, Cheshire, on September 18.

A guest at the Knutsford Oktoberfest event at Mere Golf Club is alleged to have suffered a broken nose and a split lip.

Butler made the not guilty plea at Macclesfield Magistrates Court and was committed for trial at Knutsford Crown Court to begin on March 2.

The Manchester-born former Leeds defender was named as Oldham's chief scout in July.

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

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

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

He signed to play for Chester City, but left the club in early 2009 and continued his studies to achieve official coaching qualifications.

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