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Monday, 14 August, 2000, 16:12 GMT 17:12 UK
Fine for Euro 2000 arrest player
Dai Thomas
Dai Thomas arriving at a Belgian detention centre
Cardiff City footballer Dai Thomas has been fined following an inquiry into his arrest in Brussels following crowd trouble during Euro 2000.

Following a formal disciplinary hearing, the club imposed the "maximum fine available under league rules". That is believed to amount to two weeks wages.

Dai Thomas
Thomas emerges from Le Fiacre bar

A statement from Cardiff City AFC said: "The player has accepted the fine and will not be appealing the decision.

"In addition the club has reminded the player of his obligations to them under his contract as a CCAFC player and the options available to them if he does not comply with them.

"The player will resume training with the squad immediately.

The Welsh club launched an immediate inquiry after new video footage revealed 25-year-old Dai Thomas in the midst of a violent mob of English hooligans.

The Bluebirds striker said he was "caught up in a sweep" by the police and "did not believe that I was arrested at any time".

Dai Thomas
Caerphilly-born Thomas playing for Cardiff City

In the previously unseen footage, he can be seen at the back of a group as thugs attack a young north African man in the street.

He is then seen taking a much more central role as hooligans taunt Belgian police.

In a later stand-off the Caerphilly-born Cardiff player also encouraged a chorus of "England, England".

At one stage, Thomas can be seen trying to remove a metal barrier. It was soon after this - three hours into the troubles, that police finally lost patience and Thomas was arrested.

Club chairman Steve Borley, who chaired the meeting on Monday, said: ┐This is as near as we have come to letting a player go for non-playing matters.

Steve Borley
Cardiff City Chairman Steve Borley

"Clearly, his [Thomas's] full apology went a long way towards our decisions but I will not condone bad behaviour of any kind at this Club."

He added: ┐We were also impressed by the desire of the player to succeed as a professional footballer at this club and we will always support that ambition.

"If Dai wants to get back we will help him and I told him that.┐

Confirming his apology, Thomas said: ┐I know that I have embarrassed the Club, my family and myself through my actions and I am grateful for the chairman now dealing with this so that I can get back to playing football.

"If I get the chance I will prove that I can win for Cardiff and score goals - all I want is the opportunity and to get on with my career.

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