Prosecutors have requested a six-month suspended prison sentence for La Rochelle’s Australia loose forward Lopeti Timani for throwing a bottle outside a nightclub last May.
The 29-year-old threw a bottle at two bouncers in the early hours of 12 May last year after he was escorted out of a local nightclub. One suffered a face wound that forced him to miss at least eight days’ work.
The bouncers then reportedly retaliated together, without causing Timani any serious injuries. They were later charged with organised violence.
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Prosecutors requested suspended jail sentences of six months and three months for the bouncers respectively.
Tongan-born Timani, who has played 12 times for Australia, apologised for throwing the bottle at Monday’s hearing.
“I didn’t want to hurt someone, I threw it over my shoulder without looking,” Timani said, adding he had deliberately not reacted when he was subsequently attacked. “If I’d fought it would have been the end of my career” at La Rochelle.
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