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Ex-footballer had sex in a field
Steve Anthrobus as a player
Anthrobus had played for Millwall, Wimbledon and Shrewsbury Town
A former footballer has been fined 500 for having sex in a public place.

Steve Anthrobus, who had played for Millwall, Wimbledon and Shrewsbury Town, was seen having sex on a picnic blanket in Brownhills, Staffordshire.

He admitted outraging public decency along with Debbie Matthews, 40, from Aldridge who was fined 250.

The pair denied the charge but Stephen Thomas, defending Anthrobus, 37, from Birmingham, said he made a difficult call to his wife before the hearing.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that they were spotted in a field and Judge Robert Orme told them it had been deeply distressing for the members of the public who had caught them.

The father-of-two from the Handsworth Wood area is now working with disadvantaged children in Birmingham, the court heard.

Anthrobus parted company as manager with Hednesford Town in May last year and came second in a BBC Football Focus poll of Shrewbury Town's cult heroes in 2004.

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