South Scotland

Beattock footballer Kevin Jack sentenced for headbutt

Dumfries Sheriff Court
Image caption The court heard Jack broke his opponent's cheek bone with the headbutt

An amateur footballer has been ordered to pay £1,000 in compensation after he headbutted an opponent and broke his cheek bone.

Kevin Jack, of Smith Way, Beattock, was told to carry out 96 hours of unpaid work after admitting the assault.

A court heard he retaliated after opposing player Alan Maxwell kicked out at him during a match in Moffat.

Jack, 29, has already been disciplined by the Scottish Football Association and banned from playing for 18 months.

The incident took place while he was playing for home side Upper Annandale against a team from Lochmaben at the Hope Johnstone Park in Moffat in March this year.

Dumfries Sheriff Court was told he felt a "red mist" come over him when he felt an opponent kick out at him in the later stages of the match.

He retaliated by headbutting Mr Maxwell and was then shown the red card.

Depute fiscal Alison Herald said the victim was taken to Dumfries Infirmary, where he was found to have a fractured cheek bone.

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