Derek Riordan denies pub attack charge

The charge relates to an alleged incident at Malones Irish pub on Forrest Road. Picture: Julie Bull
The charge relates to an alleged incident at Malones Irish pub on Forrest Road. Picture: Julie Bull
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Former Hibs, Celtic and Scotland footballer Derek Riordan, has denied a charge of assaulting a man in an Edinburgh pub in February of this year.

The 30-year old striker did not appear when his case was called in the city’s Justice of the Peace Court today, but his solicitor, Kathleen More, told the court she had instructions to plead not guilty to the charge.

It is alleged that on February 3, Riordan assaulted Damian Holahan by striking him on the head to his injury in Malones Irish Bar in Forrest Road.

An intermediate Hearing has been fixed for April next year with a trial the following month. Riordan was ordained to appear on both occasions.