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Non-league star must pay pounds 1000 after student attacked.

A player with one of the Midlands' leading non-league football clubs has been ordered to pay pounds 1,000 compensation to a student who was attacked and repeatedly kicked in a nightclub fight.

Levi Reid, who plays for Conference North leaders Stafford Rangers, was found guilty of making an affray and was also ordered to carry out 200 hours community service.

Michael Hutt, prosecuting, told Stafford Crown Court that Michael Swift, from Bristol, was at the town's Zanzibar nightclub when he was punched while on the dance floor.

"Mr Swift was later punched on the floor outside the nightclub and the incident was recorded on closed circuit television," Mr Hutt said.

"Reid and another man became involved and joined in with a vengeance. Mr Swift went outside where he ended up on the ground and was kicked on his head a number of times."

Reid, of St Peter's Gardens, Rickerscote, Stafford, said in evidence that he "stepped in" when he saw three youths attacking another man. "I was trying to part them. I did not hit anyone," he said.

Michelle Heeley, defending, said: "He was seen to try to stop the trouble and was not encouraging anyone. He was simply acting as a peacemaker
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Dec 13, 2005
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