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Footballer cleared of assault

PUBLISHED: 16:57 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:08 25 August 2010

A SEMI-PROFESSIONAL footballer accused of knocking the opposition manager s two front teeth out after his side got hammered 6-2 has been cleared of the attack.

A SEMI-PROFESSIONAL footballer accused of knocking the opposition manager's two front teeth out after his side got hammered 6-2 has been cleared of the attack.

Ross Cable, 25, was accused of punching 35-year-old Keith McMahon in the face after the clash between Kent rivals Thamesmead Town and Beckenham Town.

Jurors at the Old Bailey heard Cable had played under Mr McMahon at Thamesmead before switching teams, and left his former boss needing £3,500 of corrective dental work.

Mr McMahon, who had become a father just four days before in September last year, lost his two front teeth and two others were damaged.

The sales manager was also left with a hole in his lip and was off work for four weeks.

But Cable was acquitted of causing actual bodily harm on Monday by a jury after a three-day trial.

He punched the air as he left the dock, smiled at supporters in the public gallery and thanked the jury before exiting the court.

Cable, who handed himself in to police a couple of days after the incident, admitted punching Mr McMahon but said he was hit first and acted in self-defence. He told officers that the manager had a problem with the brothers' relationship and believed he was trying to get Ricky to leave the team because he was the best player.

Thamesmead had travelled to rivals Beckenham Town on September 22 last year and the game had ended without incident.

But afterwards a fight broke out in the car park as Mr McMahon put his kit in the car.

Mr McMahon was treated at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, and then King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill.

Under his leadership Thamesmead were last season promoted from the Kent Premier Division to the Ryman League North Division One.

Cable, of Ronfearn Avenue, Orpington denied assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

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