Hughes back Richards over 'assault'

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has offered Micah Richards his full support after the England defender was arrested over an alleged assault.

The 20-year-old was questioned by police yesterday after the alleged attack on a man in Hale, Greater Manchester, at around 12.30am on Christmas Eve.

Hughes has, however, suggested Richards could even figure in Saturday's home game against Middlesbrough.

When asked whether the defender was in the right frame of mind to be considered for selection, the Welshman replied: "Absolutely."

He added: "We are very supportive of Micah. He went to the police station in a pre-arranged appointment.

"It is an ongoing situation; we are aware of that and we are supportive of him."

Richards has been bailed until April.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "A 20-year-old man has been arrested after an 18-year-old man was assaulted in Hale at about 12.30am on December 24 2008.

"The alleged incident happened on Ashley Road.

"The man was arrested by appointment on suspicion of (a) Section 47 assault on Wednesday, February 4.

"He has been bailed until April 8 pending further inquiries."

Richards, who joined City from Oldham as a 14-year-old, signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract with the club in February last year.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in