Player who fractured linesman’s jaw has avoided going to prison
AN amateur footballer who fractured a ‘linesman’s’ jaw after the opposition scored a late goal has avoided jail.
Thomas Forshaw, of Clayton-le-Moors, punched victim Masihullah Patel in the face during an amateur match between Clayton Park and Euro Garages, a court heard.
Mr Patel, manager of the Euro Garages team, was enlisted to act as linesman during the game on February 11 this year.
A court hearing heard how a ‘manager to manager debate’ broke out towards the end of the game after Euro Garages scored a goal before Forshaw, a player for Clayton Park, punched Mr Patel fracturing his jaw.
Forshaw, 24, of Devonshire Drive, pleaded guilty to GBH at Blackburn Magistrates Court.
Sentencing the 24-year-old at Preston Crown Court, Judge Philip Parry gave him a 14-month jail sentence suspended for a year and ordered him to complete 150 hours of unpaid work and a curfew for 35 days.
District Judge David Purcell told an earlier magistrates court hearing that it was ‘extremely unacceptable behaviour’.
His defence solicitor Ben Leech said Forshaw ‘reacted inappropriately’.
Thomas Lee Forshaw