Chisora and Haye face possible jail sentences

Updated: February 21, 2012

Dereck Chisora and David Haye both face the possibility this morning that they could be extradited to Germany to face Police charges following their weekend brawl. Prosecutors in Munich told BBC Sport on Monday that BOTH fighters are suspected of committing offences that could result in prison sentences under German law.

David Haye is suspected of grievous bodily harm – a crime which is punishable by a prison sentence of 6 months to 10 years, if proven.

Chisora is under suspicion of causing ‘malicious injury’ , which carries a jail sentence of up to five years, and making a “threat”.

The latter charge,if pursued by the authorities, is a lesser offence punishable by a fine or imprisonment of up to one year.

Haye returned to Britain early on Sunday morning,before he could be apprehended for questioning but German police still want to speak to him and have not ruled out the possibility of seeking assistance from Scotland Yard.

Munich police spokesman Gottfried Schlicht told ‘ The Guardian’ newspaper : “We still don’t know where David Haye is. I don’t know whether British police have been contacted yet because that is the job of the court, not the Munich police. We have to ask the court in Munich and the court goes to Scotland Yard or wherever in the UK.

“That is likely to happen but I don’t know how long the process will take. My opinion is that it should or will happen as soon as possible but I can’t say whether that will take days or weeks. I don’t know.”

“Until we speak to Haye, nothing more can happen,” he said. “We need both sides. We’ve heard Dereck Chisora and now we wait to hear David Haye.”

According to the British newspaper, Vitali Klitschko’s brother, Wladimir, ordered action to be taken against Chisora and Haye, saying he is “shocked and deeply embarrassed” by events, which included Chisora spitting water in Wladimir’s face and slapping Vitali before the fight. Wladimir tweeted: “these kinds of actions … must be stopped, otherwise the sport of boxing is going to go down the hill fast.”

There have been previous convictions in Germany of professional boxers for public disorder offences so , Chisora, as well as Haye, could well find themselves facing charges that could lead to prison sentences.

Former World champion ,Jürgen Brähmer, who has only recently returned to the sport, has served prison time for assault, as has another former world champion Graciano Rocchigiani, who lost to Chris Eubank in Berlin in 1994.

Meanwhile the German boxing federation has confirmed it is withholding $100,000 (£63,100) of Chisora’s purse pending a police investigation into the brawl and the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) has ordered Chisora to attend a disciplinary hearing on 14 March, when he faces a suspension of possibly one year and heavily fined. Worse though could follow in actions in Germany,if they authorities decide to prosecute after their enquiries have been finalised.
In his Monday statement, Haye promises to co-operate with the BBBC inquiry , though he does not hold a current licence . He made it clear that he blames Chisora for starting the trouble.

“Chisora climbed down from the top table,” he said, “removed his robe and then walked towards me, entourage in tow, in an aggressive manner. I held my ground but, unfortunately, he caused a serious disturbance to occur.

“I realise I am no angel and I don’t mind a bit of professional trash-talk to help raise boxing’s profile but, during my 21 years in the sport, I have never been involved in, or even witnessed, such a serious fracas. If requested, I shall happily assist the boxing authorities with any investigation they wish to launch and, ultimately, hope that all lessons learned from this incident will be implemented.”

Chisora showed more signs of repentance . “I feel I must wholeheartedly apologise for my part in the regrettable scenes both before and after what was to be the biggest night of my career,” he said . “Whilst my behaviour was inexcusable, there were many things that went on behind the scenes that ultimately caused my frustrations to boil over; however, this is of course no excuse.

“I cannot go into the specific details at the moment . Despite all of this, the bottom line is I have let my family, my team and, worst of all, the sport I love down. I acknowledge that my actions were totally unprofessional, with or without provocation.”

One of Haye’s backroom team. Adam Booth, one of those injured,did not throw any new light on the incident when later interviewed : “Anything that makes boxing look bad is a shame, because it is such a great sport,” he said, though refusing to say if he knew where Haye was.

Happy might be putting it a bit strong for a man who has yet to show his face since leaving Munich and has ignored the repeated appeals by the local police to return for questioning. He will not be able to lie low for much longer.

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