x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Barman cut forehead in brawl involving Arabian Gulf League footballer, Dubai court told

Briton says he was assaulted by a number of men, including the professional player.

DUBAI // A professional footballer who plays for a team in the Arabian Gulf League fought with a barman who was left with deep cuts in his forehead and numbness in the right side of his face, a court heard on Thursday.

Briton J J, 25, a barman, got into a fight with a number of men, including the footballer, at Mahiki, in Jumeirah Beach Hotel, on April 23 after an argument started with a man identified as A.

“He punched me on the face then a number of men joined in assaulting me,” said the barman, who added that one man hit him on the head with a bottle, which caused it to smash and injure his right eyebrow with a shard of glass.

J J said one of the men who assaulted him was the footballer L J, and the player’s friend, E V.

“Yes, I confess, I insulted one of the men, ‘saying f*** you’,” said J J, who added that he did not assault anyone.

A security guard broke up the fight and the barman was taken to Rashid Hospital.

Dubai Police said that the Briton suffered deep cuts in his forehead and numbness on the right side of his face.

At the Court of Misdemeanours, J J admitted drinking alcohol without a licence, for which he was fined Dh2,000. It was not clear from court records whether he worked as a barman at Mahiki or whether he was a customer.

The footballer and his friend are being charged with assaulting the safety of others, though they have yet to be summoned to court, according to police records.

salamir@thenational.ae