Retrial for former West Ham footballer Izzy Iriekpen accused of glassing a bouncer

Izzy Iriekpen when he played for Swansea City (Pic credit: PA)

Izzy Iriekpen when he played for Swansea City (Pic credit: PA) - Credit: EMPICS Sport

A former star of West Ham’s youth team accused of glassing a bouncer in a row over parking a Porsche will face a retrial.

Izzy Iriekpen, 33, of Westcliffe Apartments in South Wharf Road, Paddington, allegedly attacked doorman Simon Williams by smashing a glass over his head.

He is also accused of punching another bouncer, Ymer Topuzi, during the brawl outside the Westbourne pub in Notting Hill.

The row was sparked when one of Iriekpen’s friends parked her Porsche outside the pub, and was told to move it, the court has heard.

Iriekpen, a powerful centre-half who played for the Hammers between 1998 and 2003, has been on trial at the Old Bailey this week.


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But Judge Nicholas Cooke QC this morning discharged the jury and ordered Iriekpen to return to court on

October 19 for a retrial date to be set.

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Iriekpen admitted hitting the two men during the incident on July 4, but told the court he was acting in self-defence.

Mr Williams was rushed to hospital with a severed artery in his neck and received a blood transfusion followed by immediate surgery.

Mr Topuzi was less seriously injured, but suffered swelling and bleeding to the lip, the court heard.

Iriekpen was the captain of West Ham’s famous 1999 FA Youth Cup winning team but failed to make any appearances for the first team during his four years at Upton Park due to injury problems.

He was loaned out to Leyton Orient and Cambridge United in 2002 and 2003 respectively, before joining Swansea, then in League Two, on a free transfer.

After being part of the Swans’ promotion winning campaign in 2005, Iriekpen had stints at Scunthorpe United, Bristol City, and Scottish side Hamilton Academical before retiring from injury in 2009.

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