Cantona to see police this week

Eric Cantona was back in Manchester yesterday for a meeting with his club's solicitor, Maurice Watkins.

Manchester United's fiery Frenchman is expected to meet Metropolitan Police officers within the next 48 hours, following the kicking incident at Crystal Palace last month. It is a critical week for Cantona as he also faces a Football Association disciplinary committee in London on Friday.

Police want to question the footballer about his assault on a 20-year- old Crystal Palace fan, Matthew Simmons, after he had been sent off during the Premiership match at Selhurst Park on 25 January.

Watkins, a Manchester United director, said: "I had a meeting with Eric Cantona this morning in preparation for our visit to the police. I can say no more than that at the moment."

Cantona angered the police by failing to make himself available earlier this month. His team-mate, Paul Ince, kept an appointment at South Norwood police station in South London on 7 February while Cantona took his family on a Caribbean holiday. Cantona, who has been banned by United until the end of the season, arrived back from from the island of Guadeloupe on Sunday night. He was collected from his Boothstown home near Wigan yesterday by a member of Manchester United's security staff and driven to the meeting with Watkins.

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