A WARRANT has been issued for the arrest of a footballer caught up in a brawl outside Medina.

Taylor Burt, now 19, was given a community order in 2019 after admitting his involvement in an affray a year earlier. He had his curfew adjusted on Wednesday nights so he could play in matches where agents scout for professional clubs.

Now, he faces allegations he breached that probation order. Due before Swindon Crown Court on Monday morning for a breach hearing, Burt, of Ramsbury Avenue, failed to show up.

Judge Jason Taylor QC issued a warrant for his arrest after an application from probation service barrister Andrew Stone.

Last year, the crown court heard Burt was one of around 20 men involved in the fight outside Medina, Theatre Square, at closing time last February. The brawl started as bouncers tried to throw a group of men out the club after an incident on the dancefloor.

Burt’s friends were thrown out of the club, but rather than head home Burt, Wiktor Zioltkowski, Jake Gibbons, Antonio Rhoden and Lewis Turner, were all involved in a fight in the street outside.

During the fighting a man was left with a scarred face and a broken nose after being repeatedly kicked on the ground, and one of the gang brandished a pair of scissors.

Guy Wyatt, for Burt, told the judge his client had mainly been on the edge of the violence. He said: “He is currently attending a football academy full time. The principal motivation and thrust of anyone in the academy is a career as a professional, or semi-professional career, in the game.”

Burt received a seven month curfew and 125 hours of unpaid work as part of his 12 month community order.

Passing sentence last July, Judge Jason Taylor QC said: “This was a joint attack where each had a common purpose to cause violence, which you did.

“A man was knocked to the floor and kicked, suffering a broken nose and broken tooth which has not been repaired due to lack of funding and a scar to his lip.

“This was a sustained incident with potential for far greater disorder. It was drunken street violence which is sadly all too common.

“A serious injury was caused, a weapon was used and feet were used as a weapon.”