Arsenal Star Reiss Nelson’s ‘Dog Attack’ Trial Delayed by a Year, Set for August 12, 2024

Arsenal Star Reiss Nelson’s ‘Dog Attack’ Trial Delayed by a Year, Set for August 12, 2024

Arsenal star Reiss Nelson’s trial related to a reported dog attack has encountered a one-year delay due to legal reasons.

The alleged incident involved his dog, Tiago, which reportedly attacked a masseur at his north London residence.

Nelson, a 23-year-old Premier League footballer from Barnet, Hertfordshire, stands charged with ‘being in charge of a dog which caused injury while dangerously out of control.’

He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The trial, originally scheduled for an earlier date, is now set to take place on August 12, 2024, potentially coinciding with the start of the 2024/25 Premier League season.

The Alleged Incident

The incident in question occurred on December 2, 2020, when Nelson’s dog, believed to be a Cane Corso—an Italian mastiff breed—allegedly attacked massage therapist Saeid Motaali, resulting in injuries.

Due to the need for additional evidence, the trial was postponed.

During this delay, Judge Michael Caplan KC expressed his regret to the footballer, apologizing for the proceedings not moving forward as initially planned.

Nelson’s Court Appearance

Reiss Nelson made an appearance at Wood Green Crown Court, where he was seen wearing a black shirt and black trousers while covering his face as he entered the courtroom.

The trial pertains to the charge of being responsible for a dog that caused injury while being dangerously out of control, a serious matter that warrants thorough legal scrutiny.

Nelson’s Recent Football Activity

Despite the ongoing legal proceedings, Reiss Nelson remained active in his football career.

Just a day before his court appearance, he played for Arsenal in their 3-1 victory over Manchester United, coming on as a substitute during the second half.

His dedication to the sport is evident, having made a total of 35 appearances for the Premier League club and scoring four goals.

Additionally, his long-standing association with Arsenal, having joined the club at the age of nine, speaks to his commitment to the team.

Notably, he signed a four-year contract with the Gunners in July.


The delay in Reiss Nelson’s trial regarding the alleged dog attack will extend the legal process by a year.

This development adds a layer of complexity to the case, with potential implications for the footballer’s career and schedule.

Despite these legal challenges, Nelson continues to contribute to his team’s success on the field, demonstrating resilience and dedication in both his sporting endeavors and the legal proceedings.

As the case unfolds, it remains to be seen how it will impact his future in football and beyond.

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