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LIVERPOOL star Craig Bellamy has been charged with assaulting a teenage girl in an alleged nightclub bust-up.

 

The Wales striker, who has just signed a £6m four-year deal with the Premiership side, is facing two counts of assault after a 19-year-old from Barry claimed the player struck her in a Cardiff club.

 

Bellamy, 26, was charged by South Wales Police on Friday morning, a month after his glittering wedding to childhood sweetheart Claire Jansen. If he is found guilty, he could receive a maximum sentence of six months in prison.

 

The multi-millionaire dad-of-two was surrounded by his family and friends when he tied the knot in a low-key ceremony near his £2m home in St Brides-super-Ely, near Cardiff.

 

But Bellamy, whose contract with Liverpool FC began yesterday, was charged after returning from honeymoon as he answered his bail in connection with the alleged assault.

 

And just hours after he was charged, we snapped Bellamy parking his black Bentley Continental sports car with personalised number plates on double yellow lines outside The Cornerstone pub in City Road, Cardiff.

 

The pint-sized footballer is also due in court this month for driving without insurance and failing to produce an insurance certificate. He has denied the charges which relate to an incident last November.

 

Last night, Bellamy's agent Steve Horner said he "had nothing to say" in connection with the alleged assault at Number 10 in the trendy Mill Lane area of Cardiff.

 

The former Blackburn Rovers striker was arrested by police in March after a 19-year-old girl claimed he struck her at the bar and restaurant during a night out on Sunday, February 5.

 

The alleged victim complained of suffering bruising to her arm and neck. She told two passing police officers about the alleged assault inside the club, a favourite with celebrities in Cardiff.

 

Police went into Number 10 to get CCTV footage and witness statements. The girl spent three hours making a statement at a police station.

 

According to reports, Bellamy - who earns £50,000 a week - was partying with a friend when there was an altercation between him and the girl as she was walking through a narrow part of the club's VIP section.

 

Bellamy later voluntarily went to Cardiff Central Police Station where he was arrested and released on bail.

 

Last night, South Wales Police confirmed Bellamy had been charged following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service.

 

A police spokeswoman said: "A 26-year-old man has been charged with two counts of Section 39 assault. He was charged after answering his bail on Friday morning. No court date has yet been fixed."

 

Bellamy was arrested along with another man in connection with the allegation. Police say no action has yet been taken against the other male.

 

The player, who was born in Rumney, Cardiff, and returns regularly to visit his parents Angela and Doug, has already been told to shed his bad boy image by Liverpool FC.

 

Manager Rafa Benitez warned him he will be measured against fellow Welsh goal hero Ian Rush - Liverpool's all-time top goal-scorer with an awesome 346 strikes. But despite his reputation off the field, fellow Welsh soccer great Neville Southall believes Liverpool FC will be the "making of Bellamy".

 

He said: "People keep referring to Craig's bad reputation but he didn't misbehave at Blackburn last season because he respected Mark Hughes. He has recently got married so perhaps he is maturing as a man. This move to Liverpool could be the making of him."

 

Bellamy's decision to join the Reds has been welcomed by skipper Steven Gerrard, despite a series of rows on the pitch between the pair.

 

"I've had a few arguments with Craig myself on the pitch a few times, but funnily enough, that's something I like about him," said Gerrard.

 

Bellamy's fiery temper has also been noted by his dad, who has said: "He can be a bit of a hothead at times. Yes, we know he can be feisty. But what would Craig be without that feistiness in his character?"

 

A spokesperson for Liverpool FC was unavailable for comment last night.

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Bellamy> every striker on our books

 

 

 

yes including Owen, simply on the basis of fitness and value to the team.

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Bellamy> every striker on our books

 

 

 

yes including Owen, simply on the basis of fitness and value to the team.

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and so on and on and on and on and on and on....... :(

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Bellamy> every striker on our books

 

 

 

yes including Owen, simply on the basis of fitness and value to the team.

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Bellers wasn't exactly a stranger in the medical room himself while he was here...

 

And yes I know, it appears he has just gotten over his injuries.

 

And yes I agree, he's probably better than what we have available.

 

But we don't have him anymore.

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The pint-sized footballer

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:(

 

I love that. From now on I'm referring to Scottish Mag as "The pint-sized poster". :)

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The lad just can't help himself can he.

Not our concern now though.

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That fact won't stop this thread getting to at least 6 pages though. All we need is a throw away comment about FS :(

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