Scottish Football - Celtic star charged with assaulting Elvis impersonator

Celtic and Ireland forward Anthony Stokes has appeared in court to face a charge of assaulting and injuring an Elvis Presley impersonator in a Dublin nightclub.

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Stokes, 25, was brought before Dublin District Court to face accusations of striking and wounding Anthony Bradley, 42, at the Buck Whaley’s nightclub on Leeson Street last June.

Judge Michael Walsh remanded Stokes on bail after the former Arsenal trainee, who is originally from Dublin, made no reply to the charge.

It is not yet known how Stokes intends to plead to the charge.

Stokes, who lives in Glasgow but was back in Dublin on international duty with the Republic of Ireland this week, had met investigators by appointment on Thursday.

Defence solicitor Michael Staines said Stokes had met with police of his own volition and was cooperating with enquiries.

The incident occurred on June 8 last year, hours after a match between Ireland and the Faroe Islands, with Stokes also on international duty that week.

Bradley was treated for a suspected broken nose and damaged teeth. Stokes was released without charge at the time, but following investigations it was decided to prosecute the footballer.

Stokes started his career at Shelbourne before joining Arsenal on youth terms. He has since played for Sunderland, Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and Hibernian, from whom he joined Celtic in 2010.

Stokes has played eight times for Ireland, failing to score.

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