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Norwich City footballer Chris Martin denies assault

Norwich City's Chris Martin
Image caption Chris Martin, originally from Suffolk, recently became a father to a baby boy

Championship footballer Chris Martin denied assault when he appeared before magistrates in Norfolk.

The 21-year-old Norwich City striker, from Beccles in Suffolk, denied assaulting Tony Hawthorne on 29 August in Morley St Peter, Norfolk.

Mr Martin, who played for England at under-19 level and was signed by Luton Town, spoke only to enter a not guilty plea and give personal details.

The court hearing in Swaffham was adjourned until 19 October.

The footballer was released on conditional bail.

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