Thorbjorn Olesen suspended from European Tour until at least December

Olesen to remain suspended by the European Tour, with a plea hearing now due to be held on December 13.

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Wed, 18 Sep 2019

Thorbjorn Olesen is to remain suspended by the European Tour until December at the earliest while his ongoing court case continues, according to the Associated Press.

Olesen, 29, appeared in a London court on Wednesday after being charged with sexual assault and being drunk on an aircraft on his way back from the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational in July. 

According to the AP report published Wednesday afternoon, no pleas were entered during the short hearing, and a plea hearing is now due to be held on December 13.

The Dane had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges. 

The European Tour told the AP in a statement that the 2018 European Ryder Cup player "remains suspended from the European Tour while the case continues."


Olesen is alleged to have urinated in the first-class aisle of the aircraft, verbally abused attendants and passengers, and molested a female passenger while she slept. 

A provisional trial date has been set for May 11, 2020, with that hearing scheduled to last five days. 

The five-time European Tour winner has also been charged with assault by beating.  

Olesen had been flying back to London from the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational following a tie for 27th.

Ian Poulter, who finished tied eighth in the same tournament, was also aboard the British Airways flight.

According to his manager, Poulter helped "diffuse" the situation between Olesen, fellow passengers and flight attendants. 

Police were waiting to meet the BA flight from Nashville, Tennessee, when it landed at London Heathrow on Monday morning.

A witness said of Olesen: "He started abusing some of the passengers and crew and then made a pass at one of the female passengers before taking a leak in the aisle.

"It was shocking behaviour. You would expect it maybe on a budget airline but not in the first-class cabin on BA."



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