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Emma Bunton's No. 1 stalker, Adam Barretts No. 1 f
Nov 7, 2003
Flying the flag for SUFC in Sai Kung, Hong Kong
Not sure if this has been posted elsewhere but I've just received this by e-mail -

A footballer was arrested and out on bail yesterday, and is due to appear before magistrates in Nottingham tomorrow, to face charges relating to an incident which took place at his clubs annual Christmas party on Monday. Paul Addington, a defender for the Coca-Cola League Division Two side Mansfield Town, was arrested for "lewd and threatening behaviour, criminal damage and assault" during the party, which took place at the Copthorne Hotel in Nottingham.

During the course of the evening, Addington, 29, is alleged to have become drunk, abusive and violent towards staff at the hotel, culminating in an unsavoury incident with an ornamental decorative reindeer and a prosthetic leg. Hotel duty manager Alan Shaw said today:
"It was disgusting behaviour and totally uncalled for. The evening was passing off very well with everyone in high spirits, but the gentleman concerned just took things too far. He made a pass at one of our waitresses, and when she didn't respond, he became abusive towards her."
Mr Shaw went on: "At this point, Mr Addington walked to the front of the room, undid his trousers, and began to simulate aggressive sexual intercourse with one of our decorative reindeer. Despite calls for him to sit down, he continued to touch and fondle the reindeer in an inappropriate manner, before breaking off one of it's antlers and hurling it at a team-mate, who was laughing."

The trouble then esculated when hotel catering manager Steven Aitken tried to calm Addington down. "The player just went beserk" said Mr Shaw. "Steven has a prosthetic left leg from the kneecap down, following an unfortunate gardening accident several years ago. To our horror and disgust, Mr Addington knocked Steven to the floor, pulled the leg from it's socket, and then proceeded to beat him repeatedly around the head with it. I've never seen anything like it. Mansfield FC will be hearing from our lawyers in due course."

Mr Aitken and his leg were taken to the Queen Ann hospital in Nottingham where they were eventually reunited. Mr Aitken also received treatment for concussion and bruising, but his condition is said to be stable.
Mansfield FC today refused to comment on the allegations, but advised that a full statement will be made within the next 24 hours.