Bermudian denies attacking star McAllister

  • Alleged attack: according to the British press Gary McAllister was assaulted last March (Photograph supplied.)

    Alleged attack: according to the British press Gary McAllister was assaulted last March (Photograph supplied.)


A Bermudian man appeared in a British court yesterday accused of punching former Scotland football captain Gary McAllister.

Damien Swan, 33, from Beeston, Leeds, denied assaulting the 55-year-old, a well-known midfield player with teams including Liverpool, Leeds United and Coventry City.

According to the British press, Mr McAllister, who is now the assistant manager of Scottish giants Rangers, was taken to hospital with injuries to his teeth and face after his teeth went through his lip in the incident on March 24 last year.

He was reportedly waiting for a taxi with his wife Hayley when the incident happened at about 4am.

Mr Swan wore black jeans and a checked shirt in his appearance at Leeds Magistratesí Court yesterday.

He spoke to confirm his name and give his date of birth, address and nationality, and enter his not guilty plea to the offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was bailed by District Judge Richard Kitson until his next appearance at Leeds Crown Court on February 12.

Mr McAllister, whose playing career spanned more than 20 years from the early 1980s, won 57 caps for Scotland and captained the team to the European Championships in 1996.

His honours include winning the FA Cup and Uefa Cup with Liverpool, and the Football League Championship with Leeds.

He also managed Coventry and Leeds and was appointed assistant manager to Steven Gerrard at Rangers in 2018.

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