A FOOTBALLER was left with a shattered eye socket after he was attacked by an opposition player who ‘lost it’ during a game in Sheffield.
Carl Lomas, aged 25, of Beaumont Close, Manor, narrowly escaped a stretch behind bars when he was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for two years, for the attack at Goals Soccer, Norfolk Park Road, in December last year.
Sheffield Crown Court heard he and his 35-year-old victim were playing for opposing teams. Lomas struck out in the second half - flooring his victim with a single punch and continuing his attack as he lay on the ground.
When the referee stopped the game, Lomas said: “He kicked me and I lost it.”
Beverley Tait, prosecuting, said the incident followed a tackle involving both players just 10 minutes after Lomas came on as a second half sub.
“There was a tackle between the complainant and the defendant, there were remonstrations between the two of them. The referee saw this but did not blow his whistle,” said Ms Tait.
“There was some allegation by the defendant that the complainant had kicked him. It would seem the defendant became quite aggressive with the complainant and punched him once to the eye.
“The complainant fell to the ground and Mr Lomas was described as crouching down and punching him a further two times to the face.
“At that stage the referee intervened and the defendant said ‘he kicked me and I lost it’.”
The victim needed an operation to insert a pin into his shattered eye socket and stitches to repair a cut below his eye.
He suffered permanent nerve damage as a result of the attack and was awarded £2,000 compensation by Judge Roger Keen QC who sentenced Lomas to the suspended prison sentence and 150 hours of unpaid work after he admitted causing grievous bodily harm.
Judge Keen said: “People who commit offences of violence on the sport field receive prison sentences - not simply to punish the offender but so that other people know this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.”