Footballer faces assault charge

Rotherham United press call New York Stadium. David Noble
Rotherham United press call New York Stadium. David Noble
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A ROTHERHAM United player faces jail after he admitted breaking a man’s jaw in a bar brawl.

David Noble, aged 30, who signed for the Millers in the summer, admitted causing grievous bodily harm to Tim Winterbottom in an attack at the Java nightclub in Bristol city centre on March 18.

The midfielder, from Sanford Place, Exeter, admitted the offence.

Judge Martin Picton confirmed that the basis of Noble’s plea was that he threw a punch as part of a joint enterprise, which resulted in Mr Winterbottom’s broken jaw.

Mark Haslam, defending, said: “It is impossible to say which blow caused the fracture. He struck a blow.”

Judge Picton, adjourning the case at Bristol Crown Court, said: “All options are open to the sentencing judge, including the possibility of a custodial sentence.”