Former Rotherham United player jailed for two-footed horror tackle

Former Rotherham United defender Nathaniel Kerr has been jailed for 12 months.
Former Rotherham United defender Nathaniel Kerr has been jailed for 12 months.
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A former Rotherham United footballer has been jailed for a two-footed horror tackle in a Sunday League game.

Nathaniel Kerr, aged 27, was jailed for 12 months after pleading guilty to assault at Manchester Crown Court.

The court heard how Kerr lunged at 30-year-old victim, Stuart Parsons, who had been arguing with one of Kerr’s team-mates just before the incident in Stockport last August.

Mr Parsons dislocated his ankle and breaking it in two places.

The violent tackle happened two minutes into the first game of the season between Emigration FC and AFC Gold Cup in the Stockport Sunday league.

The victim, a defender for Emigration FC, had only touched the ball twice before the tackle.

As the 30-year-old rolled around in agony with his leg fractured in multiple places, Kerr pointed at his teammate and shouted: “I’ve done this ‘cos of you!”

Mr Parsons has had to have reconstructive surgery and spent weeks in hospital after the assault.

A self-employed window cleaner before the injury, Mr Parsons said his business ‘went down the pan’ as a result.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Parsons described the tackle as a ‘long-jump lunge’.

Kerr made three appearances for the Millers during 2006-2008.

The right-back then dropped into non-league with spells at Northwich Victoria, Barrow and Droylsden.

Louise Spencer, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “This injury has had a catastrophic effect on the victim’s life, meaning he has been unable to work or support his young family.

“He is self-employed and the injury meant he was forced to rely on the kindness of his team-mates, who arranged fundraisers and charity events to provide the financial support he needed,” she added.

“All the while Kerr has shown absolutely no remorse for his vicious attack, calling the victim a ‘wimp’ and verbally abusing him as he was lying in agony on the pitch.”