Footballer jailed for beating up rival when 'red mist' descended after 10-0 loss

A bitter loser has been jailed for a year after he beat up an opponent when ‘red mist’ descended after a humiliating loss.

Thomas Scott, 34, attacked rival David Bates in the changing room after Bishops Tachbrook FC beat VTS Warwick FC 10 goals to nil.

Scott, a father of six and a grandfather, punched Mr Bates following tensions on the pitch causing the victim to fall on to the floor and hit his head on concrete.

He was knocked out and suffered a broken nose, smashed right eye socket and blurred vision.

Prosecutor Simon Foster said: ‘At the end of the game, in which the home team trounced the visitors 10-0, the players were on their way to the changing rooms when Mr Bates heard a shout.

‘He turned and saw Scott, and told him to “give it a rest,” but Scott demanded: “What are you going to do about it?”

‘One witness described the two men squaring up to each-other on a ramp leading to the changing rooms, and Mr Bates’s head coming into contact with Scott.

‘Mr Bates then turned away and went into the home changing room where he then felt a hard blow to the right side of his face, causing him to fall and hit his head on the floor.’

As a result of the attack, Mr Bates was unable to work and also suffered from blurred vision.

Judge Anthony Potter said: ‘I can be confident that when David Bates set out that morning to play football, what he was not expecting was to end up lying on the floor in his changing room bleeding and unable to see

‘The only reason he was in that state was you.

‘Sporting contests can raise the hackles, but disputes on the pitch should remain there, and the appropriate course, no matter how frustrated an opponent feels, is simply to leave it and go back to the changing room.

‘You were provided with a number of occasions when you could have let matters lie. When you sought out a physical confrontation and there was a clash of heads, others intervened.

‘People are entitled to take part in Sunday football in the knowledge that any dispute and aggravation is left on the pitch, without this kind of incident occurring.’

He added: ‘You have six children and are a grandfather at the age of 34. But I also note this is the worst possible example to set your children.’

Nick Devine, defending, said: ‘The red mist descended, and it didn’t go away as quickly as it should.

‘He recognises his behaviour was completely wrong. He let himself down and he let his team down.’

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