Former and current Mansfield players Jakob Mellis and Dion Donohue appear in court over attacks on men earlier this year.
The duo have denied assaulting two men – with one of them needing hospital treatment – in an incident in the town back in August.
This is Gavs BROTHER!!! Beaten up by 2 stag players Jacob Mellis and Dion Donohue!!!! He’s 18 years old and plays for them too!!
After the incident, Mansfield suspended the arrested pair for “an alleged serious breach of club discipline”, Donohue ended up having his contract terminated by the club.
Mellis was punished by the Stags but kept his contract – instead he was handed a two-week fine.
He denied wounding/causing grievous bodily harm without intent, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and affray.
Donohue, currently at Swindon Town, also denied wounding/causing grievous bodily harm without intent, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and affray.
Mansfield have suspended Dion Donohue and Jacob Mellis for "an alleged serious breach of club discipline".
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One man identified in court as Ray Stainforth, was allegedly assaulted by both footballers, sulting in the GBH charge.
A second man named Louis Harrison, was allegedly assaulted by Mellis and Donohue, leading to the ABH charge.
The affray charge “used or threatened unlawful violence against another” relates to the same incident.
Magistrates ruled that the case was not suitable for summary trial and have decided to take it to Nottingham Crown Court, where the players will now appear at on the 17th of January.
Take a look back to how fan reacted on the incident and the suspension Mansfield served the players by clicking on the on the next page.