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Fox in The Box caught

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Former England striker Francis Jeffers has appeared in court after being found outside his father-in-law’s flat brandishing a broomstick. 

The ex-Everton and Arsenal forward, 32, was found outside the luxury flat in Crosby, Merseyside, in December last year.

His father-in-law Albert Boden was discovered inside the flat on Burbo Bank Road with injuries.

Jeffers, is estranged from his wife Lucy, whom he married in 2009.


Charged: Francis Jeffers appeared at South Sefton Magistrates' Court on Monday

He pleaded not guilty to using threatening/abusive/insulting words/behaviour with intent to cause fear or provoke unlawful violence at an earlier hearing.

He agreed to be bound over for 12 months to keep the peace in the sum of £100 when he appeared again at South Sefton Magistrates' Court today.

Lorraine Barton, prosecuting, said: 'Before the incident on 21st December last year, Francis Jeffers had recently separated from his partner Lucy.

'Their marriage broke down and an inside took place outside a flat. A 999 call was made and officers came and found Francis Jeffers outside the flat with a broomstick.'


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She added: 'Officers spoke to the occupant of the flat, Albert Boden, who had some injuries. Police officers also took a statement from Francis Jeffers, who made no comment.

'He later pleaded not guilty to a Section 4 offence.'

Chairman of the bench Peter Rathe said: 'There is now going to be a binding-over to which you agree.

'This means for 12 months you must keep the peace, especially towards Albert Boden, and if you don’t comply you will have to pay £100.'

Jeffers was recently dropped by Maltese champions Floriana after playing just two games as they could not afford to pay his wages.


Feeling blue: Jeffers has had spells in Australia, Scotland and Malta while former Everton team-mate Wayne Rooney has starred for Manchester United and England

Born in Croxteth, Liverpool, Jeffers attended the same primary school as Wayne Rooney a decade before the Manchester United star.

Jeffers was himself tipped for the big time following an £8million move from Everton to Arsenal in 2001 - indeed, Arsene Wenger even labelled the striker his 'fox in the box' - but injuries and poor form saw his career slump.

He later returned to Everton on loan and played for a string of teams including Rangers, Blackburn and the Newcastle Jets before his two-game stint in Malta.


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