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Former Leeds United player arrested in London

Cantona playing for Leeds on his debut vs Oldham in 1992.

Cantona playing for Leeds on his debut vs Oldham in 1992.

By Mark Kielesz-Levine

Former Leeds United player Eric Cantona has been cautioned for common assault after an incident in London yesterday, The Telegraph has reported.

The ex footballer and recently turned actor, accepted the caution but it is not known if the victim will press charges.

The Metropolitan Police have said in a statement: “Police were called to  Regents Park Road, NW1, at 12.55pm on Wednesday 12th March, following reports of an assault. Officers from Camden Borough attended and a man in his mid-40s was arrested on suspicion of common assault. He was taken into custody and subsequently cautioned for common assault.”

Cantona, 47, has a previous conviction for assault after he attacked a Crystal Palace fan, Matthew Simmons in 1995.

On that occasion, Cantona was setenced to two weeks in prison but this was later reduced to 120 hours community service on appeal.

Cantona played for Leeds during the 1991-92 season when they won the final Division One title before it became The Premier League in 1992.

He was a fan’s favourite at Elland Road before a controversial £1.2 million pound move to rivals Manchester United later that year.

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