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Ferguson fined over wife assault

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson has been fined for assaulting his estranged wife, the Crown Prosecution Service said today.

Ferguson appeared before Macclesfield magistrates in a re-arranged hearing scheduled after he changed his plea to guilty.

The court heard that Ferguson, 35, raised his leg and struck wife Nadine's stomach during a row in the driveway of his parents' home in Wilmslow, Cheshire.

A spokeswoman for Cheshire CPS said: 'The basis of plea was that he raised his leg and collided with the victim's stomach, causing her to fall.

'The defendant accepted that his behaviour was reckless but he had no intent to injure the victim or connect with her in any way.'

Ferguson married Nadine in 2003. The couple have two children.

Yesterday's hearing was told that Ferguson, of Greatford, Lincolnshire, and his 28-year-old wife had separated in 2006 and reached a settlement over childcare.

But at around 2.30pm on October 23 last year the couple rowed over the arrangements.

'At 6pm that day the victim attended the defendant's parents' address with a friend and her children,' the CPS said.

'There was further disagreement and the assault took place.'

Ferguson was charged with common assault and originally pleaded not guilty.

His trial was due to take place on April 21, however the court was then notified of a change of plea and a new hearing was listed.

He was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £200 in costs. There were no compensation orders.