Breaking: Soccer star guilty of bar attacks

Gary Madine at Leeds Crown Court. Ross Parry
Gary Madine at Leeds Crown Court. Ross Parry
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Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine has been told he is facing an immediate prison term after he was found guilty of assaulting two men in separate attacks in city centre bars.

The 23-year-old footballer was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm against Reece Hall in the Viper Rooms on Carver Street and of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against Daniel Beresford in the Paris bar opposite.

Addressing him this afternoon after the jury returned the guilty verdicts, Judge Rodney Jameson QC said: “You must understand that an immediate custodial sentence is very likely.”

He gave Madine, who is originally from Gateshead, bail.

Mr Beresford was left with a broken nose after he was punched in the face by the striker and knocked out.

Madine was cleared of a more serious charge of GBH against Mr Beresford, who is a Sheffield Wednesday supporter.

Madine also knocked out Sheffield United fan Reece Hall in the Viper Rooms, also on Carver Street, four weeks later.

Mr Hall suffered a broken cheekbone.

Madine was cleared of a more serious charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, but found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm by the jury of seven men and five women this afternoon.