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CCTV shows Cardiff steward’s head slammed in door by violent fan

New CCTV footage has emerged appearing to show a Cardiff City fan horrifyingly slam a door his own club steward’s head.

The thug, who was being removed from the ground by staff, can be seen taking a long run up to towards to door a steward was trying to close, only his head was inside the gap when it forcefully kicked leaving his head trapped.

The 48 year old fan, named David Morgan, appeared in court yesterday and has been banned from attending football matches for three years after pleading guilty to what he done to the steward.

Matthew Thomas, who was prosecuting, said: “It happened at Cardiff City Stadium at a match between Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town.

“David Motherway is a steward at the stadium.

“While outside the ground the defendant acted aggressively and used words to the effect of ‘I will take you all on”.

“His (Mr Motherway’s) head was trapped between the door and the door jammed.

“There were four police officers on that day – the altercation took two officers away from the stadium.”

The steward saw Cardiff fans fighting with each other, so took to try and calm them down, only for it to continue so he had no choice but the chuck them out.

The court was told that the victim showed symptoms of concussion and was bleeding, though thankfully it’s reported that he escaped serious injuries.

Morgan was shocked after watching the footage played out and it’s revealed he was trying to build a relationship with his son, who he saw for the first time after he and his wife separated.

He (Morgan) had drunk alcohol before the incident hence why he was hazy when trying to remember what happened.

Thomas said: “When he saw the CCTV he was clearly shocked at seeing his actions, saying he couldn’t remember what he did.

“After seeing it he could remember some parts.

“He is very remorseful for his actions. He has offered to apologise.”

Martha Smith-Higgins, who was defending Morgan, said he accepted his actions, was sorry for what he done and that he accepted the banning order as long as it didn’t stop him working on trains for Transport For Wales.

She said: “He had recently split from his wife of 29 years two months before.

“It was the first time in two months he had met with his son.

“Another supporter started arguing with his son.

“He then started to defend him.

“He accepts that he was acting aggressively.

“He didn’t go out to assault anyone.

“He is worried his son won’t look up to him as the father he needs to be.

“He is still very much upset about the incident and is undergoing counselling.”

District Judge Stephen Harmes said: “I’m appalled by what I’ve seen today.

“I think anyone who watched that would be appalled.

“You were with your son and you’re protective over him.

“It could have resulted in a very serious injury – a fractured skill, a bleed on the brain – who knows?

“Clearly from what I’ve seen that was a very serious assault.”

David Morgan has been ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work, and is made to pay £500 in compensation to the victim as well as other court costs.

The victim’s daughter, Chelsea Motherway, said on Facebook: “It’s my Dad that he assaulted and should have been banned for a lot longer xxx”


After finding out on the story and watching the CCTV, fans took to give their shocked reaction – see those tweets on the next page.


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