Player who frac­tured lines­man’s jaw has avoided go­ing to prison

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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

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