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Man jailed for footballer attack
Ronnie Wallwork
Wallwork was out in Manchester when the stabbing happened
A man who stabbed a footballer who was going out with his ex-girlfriend has been jailed for five and a half years.

Manchester Crown Court heard Robert Rimmer, 21, knifed West Bromwich Albion's Ronnie Wallwork in a bar in Manchester in November 2006.

The 30-year-old former Manchester United player suffered cuts to his stomach, back and hand in the attack. He now plays for Huddersfield Town.

Rimmer, of Gorton, Manchester, admitted wounding with intent.

The court heard Mr Wallwork had incensed Rimmer when he walked into the Sugar Lounge bar with his girlfriend Amy Broadbent and refused Rimmer's request to leave.

Fish knife

Mr Justice Saunders told him: "You stabbed him on a number of occasions to the back and the abdomen - the most serious to the abdomen which would easily have proved fatal."

Mr Justice Saunders said the stabbing had caused Mr Wallwork, who was then playing for Barnsley, to suffer psychologically and had affected his football career.

He told Rimmer that the feelings of resentment he had for Mr Wallwork "cannot in any way justify what you did".

"What concerns me is the build up of anger which must have taken place in you over a period of time, until it erupted into this display of extreme violence using a knife," Mr Justice Saunders added.

Rimmer, of Abbey Hey Lane, Gorton, used a fish knife attached to his key ring in the attack last November, but it has never been recovered.

Rimmer's friend Charles Ebbrell, 27, of Hopkinson Avenue, Denton, Manchester, punched Mr Wallwork during the attack on him.

Ebbrell admitted affray and was given a four month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay 578 costs.

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