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Soccer captain not guilty of attack on rival player

PUBLISHED: 16:29 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:19 25 August 2010

A FOOTBALL captain has been cleared of assaulting an opponent during a match.

A FOOTBALL captain has been cleared of assaulting an opponent during a match.

Jamie Stuart, 31, of Knole Gate, Sidcup, was cleared of grievously bodily harm at Basildon Crown Court, last Friday after an incident at a match between Grays Athletic and York City, in Essex, last September.

The captain of the Blues admitted breaking York striker Chris Beardsley's jaw but said it was an accident and part of football's 'rough and tumble'.

But the father-of-two was sent off for violent conduct after the off-the-ball clash during the first-half.

Mr Beardsley, who now plays for Kettering Town, needed surgery.

Mr Stuart played for the England under-21 side when he began his career with Charlton Athletic and won four England under-21 caps.

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