FOOTBALLER Michael Higdon has had his assault trial delayed because he is now based in Europe as he plays for a Dutch club.

Ex-Motherwell player Mr Higdon, 30, is accused of assaulting two men at Glasgow nightspot the Corinthian on May 6, last year - hours after being crowned Scotland's player of the year.

He is alleged to have attempted to punch Peter Simpson on the head and body and seized him by the neck and kicked him.

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Liverpool-born Mr Higdon is also accused of attempting to punch Paul Faulds.

Both men were working at the Corinthian at the time of the alleged attacks.

Mr Higdon also faces a charge of "behaving in a threatening or abusive manner".

The case against him called at Glasgow's Justice of the Peace Court yesterday where he was not present in court due to football commitments, but was represented.

He was due to stand trial in April but a new date was set for June.