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Wed Apr 16 07:22:10 SAST 2014

Pienaar denies assault charge

Sapa | 05 July, 2012 10:330 Comments
FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Botswana v South Africa
Steven Pienaar of South Africa attacks during the World Cup qualifier against Botswana at University of Botswana Stadium on June 09, 2012 in Gaborone, Botswana
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Bafana Bafana captain Steven Pienaar reportedly denied a charge of assault after appearing in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder told The Sowetan newspaper he had not attacked Thabang Mnisi, the son of Public Service and Administration Deputy Minister Ayanda Dlodlo.

“I did not assault the complainant,” Pienaar, speaking through his lawyer Cliff Alexander, was quoted as saying.

“I admit I was present at the club that night, but I did not assault anyone.” 

According to the newspaper, Pienaar and his acquaintances were accused of kicking and punching Mnisi at a nightclub in Sandton, Johannesburg, last month.

The case was postponed to September 6 and Pienaar was released on a warning.

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