OR­DER YOUR COPY TO­DAY! Big Bro win­ner ad­mits tak­ing part in brawl GYPSY TV STAR PADDY FACES JAIL

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Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By NEIL GOOD­WIN

win­ner Paddy Do­herty is fac­ing jail over a bare knuckle fight.

The My Big Fat Gypsy Wed­ding star was left blood­ied and bruised with part of his ear hang­ing off af­ter he took on two broth­ers in the street brawl.

The ac­tion was filmed and put on Youtube, show­ing a blood-spat­tered Do­herty, 52, grunt­ing “like a bull’’ and hold­ing up his fists to pro­tect him­self.

At Manch­ester Crown Court, Do­herty, from Sal­ford, was due to stand trial with Johnny and Dougie Joyce but he ad­mit­ted af­fray.

Johnny Joyce, 21, ad­mit­ted af­fray while brother Dougie, 23, ad­mit­ted us­ing threat­en­ing be­hav­iour.

Johnny had been wear­ing a ring cov­er­ing two of his fin­gers and that Do­herty was in­jured to the left eye, re­quir­ing stitches, the court was told.

Dou­glas Joyce recorded the brawl on his mo­bile phone, which was later seized by po­lice.

The court also heard that Johnny Joyce got the bet­ter of Do­herty in the fight and the top of the BB star’s ear was bit­ten al­most com­pletely off, and later sewn back on.

Po­lice have linked last June’s fight to a re­venge gang­land hit on the home of Johnny Joyce’s mother, for which two men were jailed last month.

Do­herty and the Joyce broth­ers will be sen­tenced in the New Year and were re­manded on bail.

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