Court hears Hendrick often faces abuse from fans

The Republic of Ireland international denies charges of violent disorder

BY Newstalk 14:10 Thursday 6 July 2017, 14:10 6 Jul 2017

Republic of Ireland international Jeff Hendrick and Wales' midfielder Aaron Ramsey lock horns at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, 24-Mar-2017. Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire/PA Images

A court has heard a friend of footballer Jeff Hendrick told gardaí people often call him ignorant "if he does not say hello" because he is a footballer.

The Republic of Ireland player is accused of violent disorder at Harcourt Street in Dublin three and a half years ago.

Mr Hendrick and his co-accused Jonathon Doran, both deny the charges against them.

This morning, a garda told the court he was working on the night of October the 11th 2013 when he was called to Montague Street in Dublin.

There, he met a man called Darren McDermott who was covered in blood and had facial injuries.

It later turned out his jaw had been broken in three places and his teeth were damaged.

A few months later, 26 year old Jonathon Doran of Kilmore Close in Artane, was arrested and he told gardaí he was in Krystle nightclub with Jeff Hendrick and a few other men that night.

He said he was talking to a girl when he saw Jeff arguing with Darren McDermott and he said "lads will you give it a rest" and described it as nothing.

He said Mr McDermott then went to shake Jeff Hendrick’s hand but he pushed it away and a scuffle broke out.

He said he was outside the nightclub a short time later when Darren McDermott ran by him and someone shouted "Johnny get him."

He told gardaí he thought Hendrick had been hit so he chased Mr McDermott, who got into a taxi.

He said Mr McDermott then got out, ran and fell down a lane and Mr Doran said he then sat on him and someone kicked him in the face.

He said Darren McDermott told him "I swear, I didn’t touch him, I didn’t touch your mate Jeff" and he replied "well then sort it xxx out with him."

He told gardaí the group had easily bought seven bottles of vodka that night.

Mr Doran denied assaulting Darren McDermott and he said Hendrick was not near the taxi.

He told gardaí people often come up to Jeff Hendrick and call him "an ignorant prick" if he does not say hello - just because he is a footballer.

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