Murray assault caution

A football fan has been cautioned by police after an assault on Sunderland FC chairman Bob Murray.

A football fan has been cautioned by police after an assault on Sunderland FC chairman Bob Murray.

Nicholas Hardie accepted a caution for common assault from Northumbria Police following a row in a Newcastle restaurant where Mr Murray claimed he had been hit in the face by a glass and his wife was said to have suffered an eye injury from a sliver of glass.

The 29-year-old businessman, who is the son of North-East car dealership boss Philip Hardie, yesterday admitted pouring a drink over the Sunderland chairman, but denied "glassing" him.

Mr Murray claimed he was attacked as he got up to leave the Vujon restaurant on Queen Street on November 25 last year.

The exact nature of the row is disputed by both parties.

A Hardie family spokesman yesterday said: "Nick did not "glass" anybody. He threw a drink over Mr Murray following an earlier disagreement. The caution for common assault is a clear recognition that there was no `glassing'.

"The family hope and expect that the matter is now ended."

Mr Murray was having dinner with his wife, Sue, and Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy, who was also there with his wife.

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