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Friday, 11 January, 2002, 14:23 GMT
Football star charged with affray
Curtis Woodhouse (right) in action against Wolverhampton
Curtis Woodhouse joined Birmingham City last year
An England under-21 football international has appeared in court in Cardiff charged with affray after a fight in an Indian restaurant.

Birmingham City international Curtis Woodhouse, 21, was released on bail to stand trial with two other men.

Mr Woodhouse, a midfielder, was arrested after an incident in Cardiff last February when his team lost the Worthington Cup final to Liverpool.

He joined the Blues in a 1m deal from Sheffield United just three weeks before the final.

Curtis Woodhouse
Mr Woodhouse has played for England under-21s

He was the youngest player ever to captain Sheffield United during his time at Bramhall Lane.

Mr Woodhouse did not play in the Worthington Cup final because he had already played in the competition for Sheffield United.

The midfielder, from Solihull in the West Midlands, appeared before Cardiff magistrates with Paul Acey and Ross Fenwick, both 22 and from Driffield, East Yorkshire.

All three are charged with affray.

Mr Woodhouse travelled to Cardiff magistrates after playing for Birmingham in the Nationwide Division One match at Millwall on Thursday night.

He was sent off in the second half of the match, which ended 1-1.

Mr Woodhouse has played four times for the England under-21 side, but has struggled to make the Birmingham team this season through injury.

He spoke only to confirm his name and address.

All three men were released on bail to appear in Cardiff Crown Court on 4 February.

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