Boxer accused of breaking a football referee’s jaw in a heinous alleged attack has won major victory in court thanks to new video of the incident that ‘changes the narrative’
- Adam Abdallah is accused of the attack in April
- It is said that Khodr Yaghi was left behind with serious injuries
- The court saw new video footage on Wednesday
The man who allegedly assaulted a referee at a suburban soccer game has been released on bail on strict terms after a new video emerged.
Adam Abdallah, 25, was widely condemned after a video allegedly showing him violently attacking football official Khodr Yaghi in south-west Sydney went viral in late April.
Abdallah has been in custody since May 1 but was released on bail unopposed in the New South Wales Supreme Court on Wednesday.
Prosecutors said they did not oppose his release as a new video of the incident has surfaced as Abdallah was initially denied release on bail.
The prosecutor did not refuse to release amateur boxer Adam Abdallah (pictured) on bail based on a new video presented to the court on Wednesday
Abdallah is accused of assaulting football referee Khodr Yaghi (pictured) at a game in Sydney in April, causing him to fracture his jaw severely and require reconstructive surgery
“It slightly changes the narrative from the abridged clip that the media had,” said a lawyer representing the director of prosecutions.
The bail conditions require the amateur boxer to remain at his home at all times unless accompanied by his mother or his wife, who is six months pregnant.
Judge Mark Ierace said the terms effectively confine Abdallah to “house arrest.”
Because Abdallah has no criminal record save for one traffic count, Judge Ierace said that “the alleged conduct appears to be entirely out of character.”
Mr Yaghi, 45, underwent reconstructive surgery at a Sydney hospital after his jaw was broken in three places and three teeth knocked out in the incident.
New footage of the alleged attack (pictured in an earlier video) is longer than the “cut version” first reported by the media, the court has been told
Abdallah (pictured) has bail conditions so stringent that the judge hearing his case on Wednesday likened them to “house arrest”.
Abdallah was a suspended player for the Greenacre Eagles, who retired for the remainder of the men’s premier league winter season and vowed to help the local governing body impose appropriate sanctions.
NSW Sport Minister Steve Kamper, former president of Sydney Olympic Football Club, said he had obtained assurances from governing body Football NSW that the toughest measures would be taken against the alleged attack on Mr Yaghi.
“This is one of the worst attacks I have ever seen at any sporting event of any level,” he said in a statement days after the incident.
“It was a heinous and cowardly attack.” It goes without saying that such behavior is totally unacceptable.”
Abdallah is due in court on June 28.