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David Goodwillie denies assaulting man in Glasgow

Glasgow Sheriff Court
Image caption David Goodwillie denied a charge of assault at Glasgow Sheriff Court

Scotland and Blackburn striker David Goodwillie has denied a charge of assault in Glasgow city centre.

The 22-year-old is alleged to have attacked John Friel in Queen Street on 3 November last year.

He is accused of repeatedly punching Mr Friel on the head and body and kicking him on the body to his injury.

Former Dundee United player Goodwillie, from Stirling, pleaded not guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court and is due to stand trial later this month.

The player's lawyer Liam O'Donnell asked that the defence are given information about a separate court case regarding Mr Friel.

International player

It was previously reported that Mr Friel and his co-accused Matthew Flynn admitted assaulting two Dundee United players during the same incident.

Mr Friel was ordered to serve 240 hours community service and Flynn 190 hours.

Goodwillie made his competitive debut in December 2005 with Dundee United, appearing as a late substitute in the defeat over Rangers at Ibrox.

He has represented Scotland at all international youth levels since appearing in 2005 and received his first call-up for the senior team in November last year.

Goodwillie signed a four-year deal in August with Blackburn Rovers and scored his first goal for the team against Kilmarnock.

He scored a penalty kick in the 66th minute against Spain in Jose Rico Perez stadium in Alicante on Tuesday night before travelling back to make his court appearance.

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