FC Halifax Town’s new signing beat up his girlfriend

Scott McManus: first home appearance tomorrow
Scott McManus: first home appearance tomorrow

Fans of FC Halifax Town were demanding answers today after one of their summer signings admitted beating up his girlfriend.

Scott McManus, 22, signed for the Shaymen from FC United of Manchester in May.

He has been given a 16-week sentence, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to assault.

McManus carried out the vicious attack after he was sent off for violent conduct while playing for FC United in an FA Cup game against Brighton in December last year.

Salford magistrates heard he punched his girlfriend in the face, threatened to kill her and covered her head with a sheet as she struggled to breath.

Now fans want to know what action the club will take, if any.

Opinion on the club’s message board is split between those who think he should be sacked and others who think he should be given a second chance.

A message board one post read: “I’m usually all for giving people a second chance but domestic abuse betrays a lot about a person’s character.”

Another added: “He has only just been found guilty but I would hope the club act pretty strong over this.

Another poster said: “What is that for our young supporters as a role model?”

Other fans thought McManus deserved to be kept on at the club.

One said: “All I care about is how the lad performs on the pitch.

“His private life is his business. If he keeps his nose clean and performs well that’s good enough for me.”

Another said: “Give the lad a chance, I say. I couldn’t think of a better manager to try and help him turn his life around than Neil Aspin.”

And another added: “Are we are all saying the guy’s football career is over at 22 for a stupid mistake?”

McManus was also given a two-year supervision order and ordered to pay his former partner £500.

He is due to make his first home appearance for Town in their pre-season friendly against Scunthorpe tomorrow.”