Former Manchester United star Eric Cantona has been arrested and cautioned by police for assaulting a man in London, British media reported on Thursday.
The incident happened in the upmarket north London district of Primrose Hill on Wednesday around lunchtime. Police said that a man in his mid-40s had been arrested and cautioned, but were unable to confirm that it was 47-year-old former France striker Cantona.
The man who was allegedly assaulted did not need medical attention, police said, without providing other details.
Cantona, who has pursued an acting career since he gave up football, achieved nationwide fame in Britain as a charismatic striker with Manchester United, winning four Premier League titles and two FA Cups in his five years at the club.
The Frenchman has long been a controversial figure. In January 1995 he was convicted of assaulting a Crystal Palace fan and was sentenced to two weeks in prison, which was later reduced to 120 hours of community service. The Football Association promptly banned Cantona for eight months and fined him £10,000 (almost €12,000).
He has also dabbled in politics, with a famously mooted bid to run for the French presidency in 2012. He sparked headlines with his call for French citizens to bring down the banks by withdrawing all their money at the height of the banking crisis.
“King Eric”, as he is affectionately nicknamed, is considered one of the greatest players in the history of Manchester United. Cantona also starred in the internationally acclaimed Ken Loach film, “Looking for Eric”.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)
Date created : 2014-03-13