Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo avoids jail sentence

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo had avoided the threat of a jail sentence after being cleared of an alleged bottle attack on a neighbour.

Reports from the Mirror suggest Rojo, who joined Man United from Sporting Lisbon last summer, agreed an out of court settlement with his accusers in order to settle the case.

The Argentine had previously been told he could face up to a year in jail if convicted of wounding.

Rojo was formally accused in November 2012 over an incident which occurred in 2010 in his home city of La Plata, 40 miles south-east of the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires.

Neighbour Juan Pablo Gomez claimed the 24-year-old had smashed him over the head with a bottle before assaulting Juan Pedro Celiz.

A private court hearing was delayed until May last year because Rojo was playing abroad.

The threat of a trial and potential prison sentence was still hanging over the defender’s head when he signed for United but the matter has now been dropped following the agreement. Rojo will be looking to put the episode behind him in order to concentrate on United’s game against Sunderland on Saturday.

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