Former Manchester United midfielder Ronnie Wallwork has been given a suspended prison sentence after he admitted an assault on a man who stepped on his white trainers.
Alan Mulholland sustained a fractured right eye socket in the attack which took place in a pub in Droylsden, Greater Manchester, on December 22, 2019.
Wallwork was given an 18-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, at a hearing at Minshull Street Crown Court, in Manchester, on Tuesday, after pleading guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm at an earlier hearing.
He was also ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work, to complete a rehabilitation programme and to pay Mr Mulholland £500 in compensation.
David Gardner, 43, from Newton Heath, Manchester, who had admitted the same charge, was also given an 18-month jail sentence, suspended for two years.
Gardner was ordered to complete a rehabilitation programme and to pay Mr Mulholland compensation of £1,000.
The court heard that the assault, which lasted 25 seconds, happened after comments were made about Wallwork’s white trainers.
CCTV showed the three men exchanging words across The Jam Works Bar on Market Street, and then Gardner headbutting Mr Mulholland, before Wallwork continued the attack by punching the victim several times.
Alex Langhorn, mitigating, said Mr Mulholland had stepped on Wallwork’s shoes just prior to the attack.
He likened it to a “school yard incident that should not ever have happened” and stated that both defendants “bitterly regret” the entire confrontation.
Judge Tina Landale said the “brutal attack” was “out of character” for “both hard working men”.