After Leicester finish their sensational campaign against Chelsea this weekend, you can’t blame the players for having a party or two. They have planned an end of season celebration on Sunday evening following the match at Stamford Bridge and will be heading to Thailand the following weekend.
But there will be one player absent from both of those occasions, according to reports. Danny Simpson discovered that his community service for strangling his ex-girlfriend has now been changed to a curfew.
It means the right-back will have to stay inside his house between 10pm and 6pm for the next 21 days from Thursday night, meaning he will have to return to his Swinton residence after the clash with Chelsea and won’t be able to fly to South East Asia with the rest of the players.
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Simpson, who has played in 29 of Leicester’s 37 league matches so far this campaign, applied to be re-sentenced after saying he was unable to complete his order of 300 hours of unpaid work last June.
He was then fined as a punishment from Manchester magistrates court but district judge Alexandra Simmonds said “a fine would be no punishment at all,” to the former Manchester United player.
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Therefore, she issued Simpson to be tagged meaning he will miss out in all of his side’s celebrations.
The defender had pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault but last year he was convicted of attacking ex-girlfriend Stephanie Ward.
It's reported that Ward dialled 999 and the call heard Simpson calling her a slag while she pleads with him to ‘get off’ during a drunken row.
The 29-year-old had already completed 145 hours of work in a charity shop in Eccles before moving to the Community Rehabilitation Company headquarters in Salford. During that time, Simpson spent time with adults with learning disabilities.
However, his defence solicitor Gary Ryan claimed, due to press taking photos of Simpson arriving and leaving those locations, it became impossible for him to continue working.
Mr Ryan said: “This is through no fault of his own and there were absolutely no complaints from Mr Simpson (about the unpaid work).
“He engaged with it positively and the second placement had a positive and humbling effect on him.
“He is disappointed the behaviour of others has lead to him not being able to finish hours at that placement.”
Mr Ryan added that he will be appealing against the decision.