Premier League star in our cells
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.