Crystal Palace footballer Jason Puncheon denies assault
A Crystal Palace footballer is to stand trial after denying assaulting a Surrey nightclub doorman with his belt.
Midfielder Jason Puncheon, 31, was charged after a disturbance near the Mishiko bar on Church Street, Reigate, on 17 December.
He pleaded not guilty to common assault and a public order offence at Guildford Magistrates' Court.
An offensive weapons charge has been withdrawn. Mr Puncheon has been bailed until 4 June.
He arrived at court walking with the aid of crutches, having been injured in a match against Manchester City on Sunday.
The trial will be heard at Staines Magistrates' Court on 4 June.