Former Town player banned from pubs

A FORMER Ipswich Town youth team player has been banned from every pub and nightclub in the UK after assaulting a police officer, it emerged today.Defender Erkan Okay was handed the month-long ban by magistrates in Bury St Edmunds after he admitted using abusive behaviour and assaulting a police officer after urinating in Newmarket High Street at the end of a boozy night out.

A FORMER Ipswich Town youth team player has been banned from every pub and nightclub in the UK after assaulting a police officer, it emerged today.

Defender Erkan Okay was handed the month-long ban by magistrates in Bury St Edmunds after he admitted using abusive behaviour and assaulting a police officer after urinating in Newmarket High Street at the end of a boozy night out.

As well as the ban, he will also miss the biggest game of his life after being suspended from his new club, Histon, who are due to play Swansea in the third round of the FA Cup today .

The 23-year-old, who played alongside Darren Bent and Darren Ambrose during his time as a trainee at Portman Road, kicked Pc Christopher Button in the knee as the officer tried to arrest him after he was spotted urinating in the street.

In addition to the 28-day ban from Britain's bars and nightclubs, District Judge Samantha Leigh also imposed a 28-day curfew banning him from going out between the hours of 10.30pm and 6am.

He was also ordered to pay �100 in compensation, �60 towards court costs and a �15 victim surcharge.

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In a statement on the Histon website, manager Steve Fallon said that the news of the incident had come as a shock and that the club was disappointed that one of their players had let himself and the club down.

He added that the club is now dealing with the matter through disciplinary procedures.

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