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Stamp assault footballer jailed

Mark Ward
A Teesside judge branded Ward's behaviour "intolerable"

A Sunday league footballer who stamped on an opponent's leg as he lay injured has been jailed.

Mark Ward, 23, was sentenced to four months in prison for the "intolerable" common assault in 2008.

The Whale Hill midfielder fractured Jonathan Carroll's ankle in a sliding tackle during a game between Marton and Whale Hill at Eston Sports Academy.

Teesside Crown Court heard Ward, of St Mary's Court, Middlesbrough, insulted Mr Carroll and stamped on his ankle.

He had been accused of grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, but the charge was reduced on the orders of Judge Peter Fox QC.

Football career ruined

Duncan McReddie, defending, said Ward felt remorse for his actions.

He said:"He understands fully that a promising footballer has had his career curtailed."

Since being injured, Mr Carroll has needed several operations, and has had a metal plate and screws inserted into his ankle.

He also missed out on a four-year football scholarship at a US college he was due to take up a month after his injury.

Last August Mr Carroll was due to start a four-year course at the Carson-Newman College in America and is now taking a three-year degree course in food science at Teesside University.

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