Disgraced Sheffield footballer to learn fate later this week

Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine
Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine
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Disgraced footballer Gary Madine is to learn the fate of his career with Sheffield Wednesday later this week.

The 23-year-old, from Middlewood, is serving an 18 month jail term imposed last Friday for two separate nightclub attacks in Sheffield city centre.

He was found guilty after a trial of causing actual bodily harm and inflicting grievous bodily harm following incidents in the Paris Bar and Viper Room Club in February last year.

Madine, who already had an assault conviction on his record following an attack in a Carlisle pub, broke one victim’s nose and shattered another’s cheekbone.

His barrister, Alison Dorell, told Leeds Crown Court ‘drink, childish behaviour and a temper problem’ were to blame.

Jailing him, Judge Rodney Jameson said the assaults occurred when the footballer ‘lashed out’ when drunk with ‘little, if any, thought for the consequences’.

Sheffield Wednesday board members are still deciding whether the player has a future at their club.

His £5,000-a-week pay was cancelled following his conviction.

A club spokesman said an announcement is expected to be made this week.

Madine joined Wednesday in 2011.