Pompey captain ‘dealt with’ by club after nightclub assault

Liam Lawrence
Liam Lawrence
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POMPEY say they have dealt with club captain Liam Lawrence after he headbutted a reveller in Southampton.

Lawrence, 30, was given a caution for assaulting dad-of-two James Thorp at Cafe Parfait in Above Bar Street, Southampton, on December 11.

He was detained by door staff at the scene and was arrested.

Lawrence admitted the offence and was handed a caution.

A Pompey spokesman said: ‘We are aware of the incident and it has been dealt with by police.

‘We have dealt with it internally and as far as we are concerned that is the end of the matter.’

The incident has left fans hoping the club deals with it appropriately.

Bill Gillon, of fans group, Pompey Online, said: ‘It’s unfortunate.

‘We don’t know the exact details around it but it’s not great for the club captain to find himself in that situation.

‘It’s not something you like to see but personally I’m happy for the club to have dealt with it internally, and I hope it was dealt with properly.’

Fan Mark Mudie said: ‘It’s not great headlines but until we know the full facts of what happened, we have to trust the club and (manager) Michael Appleton, and hopefully Liam will owe us a performance on the pitch.’