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IFA takes 'action' after ex-NI star Magilton denies dragging step-daughter down stairs

By Nevin Farrell

The Irish FA has said "appropriate actions" have been taken after former Northern Ireland international and its elite performance director Jim Magilton appeared in court accused of assaulting his 14-year-old step daughter.

Magilton (47), of Aberfoyle Gardens in the Upper Malone Road area of Belfast, had his case mentioned at Antrim Magistrates Court yesterday. It is alleged that Magilton assaulted the girl on January 7 this year.

Magilton was in the dock and replied "yes" when asked if he understood the charge. A defence solicitor said that the accused is denying the charge.

A police officer said he believed he could connect Mr Magilton to the charge.

Defence solicitor Feargal MacElhatton said he had no cross-examination of the officer but asked if he could confirm the alleged injured party is Magilton's daughter and he replied that was correct.

A defence application for a reporting restriction on Magilton being named to protect the anonymity of the child was rejected by District Judge Peter King, who said he believed in open justice.

The police officer said the allegation was that Magilton had slapped the girl a couple of times and dragged her down stairs by the arms.

Mr MacElhatton said the allegations are being contested in full and his client is "not accepting" the claims.

Magilton was released on his own bail of £500 and the case was adjourned until the end of February.

The conditions are that he has no contact with the alleged injured party and resides at an address in Belfast. He is also banned from entering Tullywest Road in the Crumlin area.

In a statement last night, the IFA said: "The allegations made against Jim Magilton have recently come to the attention of the Irish FA. In light of the allegations, appropriate actions have been taken internally. The Irish FA will not be making any further comment at this time."

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