Crystal Palace footballer Jason Puncheon denies assault

Jason Puncheon arrives at court Image copyright AFP / Getty
Image caption Jason Puncheon arrived at court walking with the aid of crutches following a match injury

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An offensive weapons charge has been withdrawn.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.

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