Eric Cantona arrested over alleged assault in London

Former Manchester United star cautioned by police following incident in central London

Former Manchester United star Eric Cantona who was arrested and cautioned by the Metropolitan Police in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Former Manchester United star Eric Cantona who was arrested and cautioned by the Metropolitan Police in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Thu, Mar 13, 2014, 18:31

Soccer legend Eric Cantona has been arrested and cautioned for common assault.

The 47-year-old was held at lunchtime yesterday in leafy Primrose Hill in London, after he was seen drinking in The Queens pub on Regent’s Park Road.

Scotland Yard did not name the former Manchester United star, but said in a statement: “Police were called to Regent’s Park Road, NW1, at 12.55pm on Wednesday, March 12th, following reports of an assault.

“Officers from Camden borough attended and a man in his mid-40s was arrested on suspicion of common assault.

“He was taken into custody and subsequently cautioned for common assault. The victim, a man, did not require medical assistance at the scene.”

The former French international displayed his fiery temper when he infamously launched a kung-fu style kick at Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons after being dismissed in a Premiership match at Selhurst Park in January 1995.

Cantona was later banned for nine months from football worldwide and ordered to do 120 hours community service .

Mohamed Salah (34) who works at the Chalk Farm Cars minicab rank by Chalk Farm Tube station, said he had seen Cantona being taken away by police in Adelaide Road.

He said he believed there had been some sort of altercation involving a motorbike but had not seen it himself.

Mr Salah said: “I was thinking maybe there had been some accident or something like that.

“He (Cantona) was calm and it was a police lady who was dealing with him.”

Cantona’s agent in Paris refused to comment.

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