A young soccer star has appeared in court for assault and stalking.
Teenage Preston North End forward Finlay Cross-Adair has been charged with seven counts of assault, stalking and controlling or coercing behavior in a family relationship.
Championship club director Peter Ridsdale, previously chairman of Leeds United, sat in the gallery at the player’s hearing at Preston Magistrates’ Court.
The alleged stalking allegedly took place between May and June this year, while he is accused of carrying out the coercive behavior between January and June.
The judges granted the 18-year-old release on bail on the condition that he not set foot on Longridge and live at his grandparents’ address in Waingate in Grimsargh, Lancashire, not contact the victim or witnesses and attend club training six days a week .
Next, Cross-Adair will appear at Preston Crown Court on June 30 for a Complaint and Pre-Trial Hearing. LancsLive reported.
Cross-Adair signed his first professional contract with Preston last December – having made his first-team debut as a substitute against Stoke City two months earlier.
A profile on the club’s website describes him “as a local lad – and a huge PNE fan – who has worked his way through the North End’s youth ranks”.
He was a late substitute in Preston’s 3-0 home defeat by Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round of the FA Cup in January.