Premier League star in our cells

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

A FOR­MER English Premier League foot­ball star has spent the night in a Syd­ney po­lice cell af­ter be­ing charged twice in less than 24 hours over al­leged do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Ex- Liver­pool and Manch­ester City mid­fielder Di­et­mar “Didi” Ha­mann walked out of Surry Hills Po­lice Sta­tion yes­ter­day af­ter be­ing granted bail for breach­ing an ap­pre­hended vi­o­lence or­der.

His dra­mas be­gan in the early hours of Fri­day morn­ing when po­lice were called to a home on Stew­art St in Rand­wick af­ter re­ports of a do­mes­tic dis­pute.

Po­lice spoke with Ha­mann’s 49- year- old part­ner at the scene be­fore ar­rest­ing Ha­mann nearby.

“It’s al­leged the pair had a do­mes­tic dis­pute dur­ing which the woman was pushed,” a po­lice spokesman said. “She was un­in­jured.”

Ha­mann, who trav­els to Aus­tralia reg­u­larly, was taken to Maroubra Po­lice Sta­tion and charged with com­mon as­sault. An ap­pre­hended vi­o­lence or­der was granted at the same time and re­stricted Ha­mann, 45, from con­tact­ing or ap­proach­ing the vic­tim.

He al­legedly ig­nored that or­der later that day when he phoned the woman. For the se­cond time in 24 hours, Ha­mann was ar­rested, this time at Bronte, and taken to Maroubra Po­lice Sta­tion.

He was charged with breach­ing an AVO and spent the night in the cells at Surry Hills Po­lice Sta­tion.

He was granted bail yes­ter­day in Par­ra­matta Bail Court, de­spite po­lice ar­gu­ing he was a risk of fur­ther of­fend­ing.

Mag­is­trate Michael Price granted him bail on the con­di­tion he re­port to Waver­ley Po­lice Sta­tion on Mon­days and Fri­days and sur­ren­der his pass­port.

His lawyer told the court the mat­ter will be de­fended.

At the peak of his ca­reer, Ha­mann was re­garded as one of the world’s best mid­field­ers.

He played a key role in Liver­pool’s 2005 Cham­pi­ons League Fi­nal vic­tory and played two FA cups be­fore he hung up his boots and moved to com­men­tat­ing.

Ha­mann also spent a night in a po­lice cell in 2005, af­ter he fell foul of Ja­panese po­lice while on a night out in Yoko­hama with the Liver­pool team.

Ha­mann jok­ingly said he blamed team­mate and Eng­land star Jamie Car­ragher for his ar­rest.

“I was in­jured at the time so I couldn’t run,” he told the Liver­pool Echo news­pa­per.

While he made an im­promptu visit to a West­ern Syd­ney Wan­der­ers train­ing ses­sion last Au­gust, the club said he was not of­fi­cially as­so­ci­ated with them.

Wan­der­ers boss Markus Babbel is a friend and for­mer Reds team­mate of Ha­mann.

For­mer EPL star Di­et­mar Ha­mann leaves Surry Hills Po­lice Sta­tion. Pic­ture: Tim Hunter

Di­et­mar Ha­mann in ac­tion for Liver­pool in 2001.

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