Ex-F1 driver Irvine handed jail term over bar brawl

Former Formula One driver Eddie Irvine has been sentenced to six months in an Italian prison over a brawl in a nightclub with the son of Milan's ex-mayor, a lawyer in the case told Reuters.

Eddie Irvine has been sentenced to six months in prison. Credit: Piovanotto Marco/ABACA

The judge found that Irvine, nicknamed Fast Eddie, and Gabriele Moratti were both guilty of "mutual injury" during the fight in the VIP section of the Hollywood nightclub in 2008.

Both Irvine and the former mayor's son accused each other of using a glass in the brawl.

A lawyer for Moratti said the sentence was likely to be suspended and that neither would go to jail. He also added that Italian media reports that the pair had fought over a woman were wrong.

Vincenzo Saponara told Reuters: "Obviously it's easy for newspapers to say they fought because of jealousy over a woman, that they were two men who were rivals for her. It's a nice story. But in reality that's not the case."