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Imprisoned Watford striker Troy Deeney apologises to fans and players
9:58am Wednesday 29th August 2012 in Watford FC News
Troy Deeney has apologised to the Watford fans and players after the "terrible mistake" which resulted in the striker being sent to prison.
Deeney was sentenced to ten months in prison in June after admitting a charge of affray following a violent brawl in his home town of Birmingham, which left four students injured.
Watford have refused to confirm whether Deeney will be retained following the prison sentence when asked by the Watford Observer in recent months but the striker was given a shirt number by the club three weeks ago.
Chief executive Scott Duxbury stated he wanted "all the facts" before making a decision when he spoke to us in July.
At the time, Duxbury also indicated the club wanted an apology from Deeney, and signs of remorse, and that has happened today following the 24-year-old's statement.
In a statement issued to Sky Sports, Deeney said: "I made a terrible mistake and I'm now serving my sentence for this.
"I have apologised to the victim involved and I would also like to place on record my apology to the fans and players of Watford Football Club for letting them down with my indiscretion.
"If the club decide to retain my services then I will give my all this season to help them achieve the goals set by the new management team."
At a hearing in May, prosecutor Marni Chimber said the punch-up broke out between the students and the four defendants - which included Deeney and his brother Ellis - near a bus stop in Broad Street, in Birmingham, at around 2.20am on Wednesday, February 29.
The incident was captured on CCTV and Miss Chimber said Troy, of Keepers Gate, in Chelmsley Wood, was filmed punching one student then kicking him on the ground before punching another.
She said when police arrived and arrested Troy Deeney he put up a struggle, causing an officer to dislocate a neck bone.
The football player had originally been charged with assaulting a police officer but the charge was subsequently dropped.
Deeney enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career prior to his imprisonment; scoring nine goals in his final 17 games.
The striker joined the club in 2010 for an undisclosed fee which we believe involved an initial sum of around £250,000.
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