Sunday, 24 August 2014
United’s new signing Marcos Rojo ‘could face prison over bottle attack’
Manchester United’s new signing Marcos Rojo is reportedly sweating on a court appearance in Argentina following an alleged bottle attack on a neighbour.
The alleged attack took place in November 2010 but according to a report in the Sunday People newspaper, prosecutors still want the United player to stand trial.
Rojo could reportedly face anything from a year in jail to probation if he is found guilty of the offence.
The incident is understood to have come in La Plata, Buenos Aires as he was celebrating a move to Spartak Moscow from Estudiantes.
Rojo, who signed for Louis van Gaal’s side from Sporting Lisbon in a high-profile £16 million deal earlier this week, allegedly had an argument with neighbour Juan Pablo Gomez, who was struck with a broken bottle.
The 24-year-old footballer was formally accused in October 2012 and re-accused in May this year with prosecutor Marcelo Romero awaiting news from Rojo’s lawyers as to how he will plead.
A medical examination at the time of the incident stated that Gomez’s injuries had been caused to the “face, body and forearm”.
United are still awaiting a work permit for the defender, who was part of Argentina’s run to the World Cup final in Brazil this summer. He has penned at five-year deal at Old Trafford.