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Football row results in community order for player who punched ref in the head

Ref row ends in community sentence Credit: PA Images

An argument between an amateur football player and a referee - ended with the ref in hospital and the player being handed a 12 month community order.

Luke Nicholls, 28, of John Barker Place, Hitchin, admitted an assault which happened during a football match in Luton on 11 December 2016.

During the row, Nicholls punched the referee in the head once. It caused the official to lose consciousness and he required treatment.

Nicholls was sentenced to a 12 month community order, during which he needs to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. He'll also be subjected to three months of a tagged curfew between 9pm and 6am, and he must pay a £250 victim surcharge to the victim.

Detective Constable Daniel O’Mahoney, who investigated the assault, said: “We are satisfied that the offender in this case has been brought to justice nearly two years after the incident. “We have carried out a thorough investigation and in the end the offender decided to plead guilty to this violent assault.”