The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Joshua Peck

NEW­PORT County have ter­mi­nated Chris Ze­broski’s con­tract af­ter the striker was sen­tenced to over four years in pri­son.

Ze­broski is spend­ing time be­hind bars af­ter he pleaded guilty to four charges of rob­bery, at­tempted rob­bery and as­sault re­lat­ing to two in­ci­dents from last De­cem­ber and Fe­bru­ary this year.

New­port had been work­ing with the PFA and Ze­broski af­ter the 28-year-old told po­lice he was an al­co­holic when ar­rested at the end of 2014.

In to­tal, the for­mer Chel­tenham and Mill­wall player has been sen­tenced to four years and four months with two years be­ing served for his first of­fence and two years, four months for the sec­ond. Th­ese will run con­sec­u­tively.

Recorder Ian Lawrie said: “What­ever tal­ent you had as a foot­baller has been squan­dered be­cause of al­co­hol abuse.

“It is a mat­ter of re­gret if this sen­tence shat­ters your pro­fes­sional foot­ball ca­reer.”

New­port’s state­ment added: “We would like to make it clear that we do not con­done any of the ac­tions for which Ze­broski has been found guilty.

“Re­gret­tably, the club are left with no other op­tion than to ter­mi­nate Chris’ con­tract.”

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