Derek Riordan fined for Edinburgh pub attack

Derek Riordan has been without a club for some time. Picture: Esme Allen
Derek Riordan has been without a club for some time. Picture: Esme Allen
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Former Hibs striker Derek Riordan has been fined £430 for assaulting a man in an Edinburgh pub.

The 31-year old from Edinburgh, who has been capped three times for Scotland, pleaded guilty at the city’s Justice of the Peace Court to striking Damian Holahan on the head to his injury in Malones Irish Bar in Forrest Road on February 3 last year.

His defence solicitor, Kathleen More, told Justice Julia Toch, that her client was a professional footballer - “A man of great talent on the football field”. He was, she added, out of contract at the moment, but could afford to pay a financial penalty.

Riordan, she said, had been enjoying a night out with his brother and had consumed some alcohol. “His recollection of the events is a bit vague” she said. Riordan and Mr Holahan had accidentally banged into each other on the crowded dance floor, she said. “Mr Riordan misjudged the situation and struck the complainer on the face. He regrets it very much indeed”.

Justice Toch fined Riordan £430, reduced from £480 because of the guilty plea. He has until July 10 to pay the full amount.

Riordan signed for Hibs in 2001, went to Celtic in 2006, but returned to the Easter Road side in 2008. He left in 2011 and there followed brief periods with a Chinese side, St Johnstone, Bristol Rovers and Alloa Athletic.