A police officer has been charged with the murder of former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson, more than three years after the retired Premier league star’s death.
A second officer has submitted a not guilty plea to a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm.
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Atkinson was aged 48 when he was restrained by police officers at his father’s house in the English town of Telford in August, 2016.
According to the BBC, Atkinson had been restrained by police, before a Taser was deployed.
Both officers will remain anonymous, and have both been granted bail by Birmingham Magistrates court.
Atkinson was most famous for scoring Match of the Day’s Goal of the Year award for the 1992-1993 season, as well as a brief stint with Manchester City.
The former star’s family told the BBC they welcomed the decision to lay charges against the officers involved in Atkinson’s death, but that they “regret that already more than three years have passed since Dalian died.”
England’s Crown Prosecution Services made the decision to press charges against the two officers after a lengthy investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
Fans in meltdown over Cristiano Ronaldo moment
The football world has been left gobsmacked after a rare lowlight in the illustrious career of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese star's Juve booked their spot in the knockout phase of the Champions League after a 2-1 against Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia.
However, it was Ronaldo's substitution in the closing stages of the match that had the football world buzzing.
Juventus coach Sarri has no doubt risked the wrath of the Portuguese star and fans after hooking him with the match hanging in the balance.
Incredibly, it was the first time Sarri has pulled off his superstar player and only the third time in his Juventus career that Ronaldo hasn't seen out a match.
What's more remarkable is that Juventus were 1-1 with Lokomotiv at the time and searching for the winning goal that Ronaldo has provided on so many occasions.
The leading goalscorer in the competition's history, Ronaldo didn't appear to take his substitution overly well.