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Police probe Bridgeport soccer awards assault

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A University of Bridgeport women's soccer player has been charged with assaulting a teammate over what police say was a perceived snub at an awards ceremony.

Danielle Puddefoot is accused of head-butting a teammate in a dorm room on April 30 following the annual sports awards banquet, the Connecticut Post reported.

Police say the 22-year-old senior from Slough, England, was upset after not receiving an award and confronted teammates at a post-banquet party.

The injured teammate was treated at a hospital for swelling on the right side of her face and two black eyes.

Puddefoot, who was described by teammates as extremely drunk, shoved another player then began slamming her own head against closet doors and a concrete wall until she passed out, police said.

Puddefoot was charged with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct and released on a promise to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on Thursday.

Messages seeking comment from Puddefoot and the soccer team left with the school's sports information director were not immediately returned Wednesday.