Greek Club Fumes over Missing Irish Footballer

An Irish footballer once fined €250,000 ($309,000) for attacking an Elvis Presley impersonator looks set to be fired by Greek Super League club Apollon Smyrni after going missing from training.

Dublin-born Anthony Stokes, a former striker at Glasgow giants Celtic who also played nine times for his country between 2007 and 2014, was signed by the Athens club in February for an 18-month stint.

However, Stokes has yet to find the back of the net in his four appearances. According to a club statement, he has also failed to turn up for training or contact his employers.

An Apollon statement read: “The player is in clear breach of his contract. He has failed to even contact us during the period he has not turned up for training.

“As a consequence of this, we are looking if we can legally terminate his contract.”

Stokes’ career has been dogged by off-the-pitch controversy. In June 2013, he assaulted a car-park attendant and part-time Elvis impersonator Anthony Bradley at a Dublin nightclub.

An Irish judge awarded the victim €250,000 in damages for what the court heard was a “nasty, cowardly attack”.