CURLE CLEARED IN CASINO ROW
Curle cleared in casino row
Sheffield Star, http://www.sheffieldtoday.net, 19 June 2003
FORMER Blades favourite Keith Curle has been cleared of any wrongdoing in connection with an alleged disturbance at a Sheffield casino.
Police yesterday dropped the case against ex-Sheffield United defender Curle, who was quizzed after an incident at Napoleon's casino in Ecclesall Road, in which a woman suffered a broken leg.
The 39-year-old now manages Mansfield Town and today his chairman said he was delighted the incident had drawn to a close.
Club chairman Keith Haslam, who hired Curle as manager last year, told The Star the ex-England player was a bystander in 'a fuss over nothing.'
Mr Haslam has publicly maintained his faith in his manager since discovering the incident earlier this month.
He said: "I'm very pleased with what's happened.
"I think it supports what we said. I wanted to see what had happened before making a decision, and was always confident in Keith's story that he was not involved in what had happened."
Mr Haslam said earlier this month that Curle had been in trouble 'because of his name'.
He added: "Somebody broke their leg and he was in the vicinity, but it was never anything more than that."
Police have never revealed the identities of the man and woman arrested in connection with the alleged incident, but Mr Haslam confirmed his manager had been cleared.
A police spokesman said: "A man has been released due to insufficient evidence, and no further action will be taken."
The woman arrested is due to answer bail at Hammerton Road police station next week.
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