Newcastle United’s Rolando Aarons could be facing jail time over a 90-second brawl in Newcastle which “blew up out of nowhere” back in 2016 – with the winger returning from his loan spell in Verona and admitting to affray in court today.
The 22-year-old joined Serie A side Hellas Verona on loan in January, however the Italian club announced prior to their game with Genoa on Monday night that Aarons would be absent after ‘returning to England for personal reasons’. And now we know why..
Rolando attended court in Newcastle on Tuesday to stand trial on a charge of violent disorder. As confirmed by the Chronicle, all five involved in the brawl (including Aarons) have since pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of affray – something which carries a maximum penalty of three years jail time.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) April 24, 2018
The incident itself dates back to October 2016, where the Newcastle winger was on a night out with friends and family celebrating a birthday in the VIP area at Livello – a city bar on the Quayside. It clearly got out of hand, however, with it being described as “a serious incident with personal violence being used and items being thrown”.
Not only has he made just five starts since making the January loan move to Verona, this could end his season early – and it may have further ramifications for his NUFC future – depending on the full outcome of the trial.
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