Striker fined £4k after fight in bar
NOTTS County striker Luke Rodgers has admitted his "stupidity" at becoming involved in a city centre bar brawl.
The Magpies forward was fined £4,000 at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday over the incident at Tantra in Victoria Street on September 30.
hero to villain: Luke Rodgers with the match ball after his hat-trick against Lincoln City. A few hours later he was involved in a bar brawl.
Just hours after scoring a hat-trick for Notts County in a league match at Lincoln, 28-year-old Rodgers was out celebrating with team-mates.
The court heard it was late in the evening and staff told Rodgers they were closing and that he would have to move to another area.
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He then had to be escorted from the bar to the staircase and ended up punching a man in the face.
Police attended and Rodgers was told he was under arrest and was going to be taken to the police station.
He then ran away from a female police officer, but surrendered himself to police later.
Rodgers, of Tamworth, admitted a charge of affray and one of escape from lawful custody.
Judge Michael Stokes QC said: "The fact that you have some standing in this city is completely irrelevant when it comes to dealing with you for this disgraceful piece of behaviour.
"I can well understand you were in a celebratory mood having scored three goals for Notts County, but that does not excuse your boorish behaviour.
"I shall treat you as someone who was behaving in a boorish manner rather than someone who was using actual violence.
"You are in a position to pay a fine. Any further behaviour of this nature there will be a clang and it will be a prison gate."
Judge Stokes fined him a total of £4,000 and ordered that he pay £1,200 costs towards the prosecution.
After the hearing, Rodgers told the Post: "I am pleased it is all over and I can now move on and concentrate on my football. It was a stupid incident but you learn by your mistakes."
And Notts caretaker manager Dave Kevan confirmed Rodgers would be in the squad for today's league match away to Aldershot.
He said: "I think Luke has managed to concentrate on his football in the past few months but we are pleased it has been resolved and it is all over. Luke can put this behind him now and push on."