Southend United winger Ryan Hall charged in court
By westfield shrimper
Updated Wednesday, 9th February 2011
In what is becoming Black Wednesday at Roots Hall, following news of the potential loss of Bilel Mohsni for the rest of the season, the news that in-form winger Ryan Hall was in court!
A young Ryan Hall in what we believed were his lost wilder days at Crystal Palace
Ryan Hall certainly had a reputation as a young lad as a boy who didn't back down, once causing controversy after being involved in a fracas at a five-a-side football tournament, which resulted in a security guard being hospitalised with facial injuries!
Not nice at all, and sad, as the Shrimpers faithful know Ryan is in great form with the exciting winger picking up five S24 man-of-the-match awards in the club's last seven games along with the odd special goal.
The player's on fire.
However, there will be concern that old habits have returned to haunt him, and we are not talking about the odd slap here.
www.southendunited.co.uk has confirmed that following an incident on December 19th 2010 Ryan appeared at Southend Magistrates Court charged with affray and, BBC Essex informs us, possession of an offensive weapon
The incident happening after the team's Christmas party.
They continued: 'Mr. Hall was bailed until 3rd March when he will be required to reappear for sentencing. Whilst legal proceedings are ongoing it would be inappropriate for the football club to comment on the specifics of the case. However, we would like to reassure supporters that Ryan is receiving the full support of the Club's management and his teammates at this time'
They added they would make no further comment.
Northampton at home on February 26 could be the last time we see the 23-year-old for the season and maybe a touch longer, affray is not a mickey mouse offence and Ryan could well receive a custodial sentence.
Affray: A common law criminal offence comprised of the public fighting of two or more persons to the terror of the public.
The offence required the coming to blows and the sentence often varied depending on the venue and can be severely punished.