Footballer summoned to court on assault charges over headbutt at Jewish league match


The amateur footballer who allegedly fractured a spectator’s cheekbone during a Sunday league game will face assault charges in court.

Mike Filson, a solicitor from Manchester, will appear over the reported headbutt on Leeds Maccabi committee member Elliot Landy.

West Yorkshire Police communications officer Christine Hughes said Mr Filson, 33, “was interviewed on a voluntary basis and will be summoned to attend court to face Section 20 assault charges.”

Section 20 refers to grievous bodily harm, which carries a maximum prison sentence of five years and can also result in an unlimited fine.

Mr Filson’s solicitor, Daniel Berke, declined to comment.

The alleged attack happened during a Manchester Jewish Soccer League match on April 26, between Mr Filson’s club South Manchester and Leeds Maccabi.

Mr Filson was expelled by his club over the incident.

The game - which ended in a 6-0 defeat for South Manchester - was a repeat of last season’s Tony Cohen Memorial Trophy final, which Leeds also won after Mr Filson was sent off for persistent dissent.

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