Thursday, 24 January 2013

Football: Shamed Penberthy Kicks Out At Ball!

In a shock incident which has rocked European football, Camborne Athletic's 48-year-old midfield general Rutter Penberthy saw red last night after kicking out violently at a ball. The controversial episode took place during Camborne’s crucial Cornwall Division XVI match with bitter local rivals Redruth.

Penberthy, desperate to influence the game after his side trailed 18-17 at the interval, ran the full length of the six-yard box before lashing out viciously with his heavy soccer boot. The ball bounced more than once before rolling into a little puddle marking the penalty-spot. Shamed Penberthy received a straight red card for violent conduct, while the match was delayed as the ball was wiped clean and re-laced.

The high-profile Camborne battler has denied any wrong-doing. In a statement his lawyer said: "Rutter's always conducted himself well, on and off the field. Everyone associated with the club hopes this episode doesn't darken his name. By the way, he’s currently available for Celebrity Big Brother.”

It’s a tough time for Penberthy (56) who’s made over 9,000 appearances for Athletic and is nearing the end of his career.  He’s also splitting from his wife, Ukrainian actress and agricultural worker Tatiana Legova, though details are blocked by an injunction. Ms Legova (19), who's set to start a modelling career with fashion retailer Peacocks, giggled infectiously when asked if she's the subject of a gagging order.

Penberthy can't be named for legal reasons.

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