British footballer jailed six months for "career ending" tackle

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London, Mar 5(ANI): A British footballer has been sentenced to six months in prison for a "career ending" tackle on another player, and pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm during a Sunday league match in Rugby, England.

Centre forward Mark Chapman tackled 26-year-old left back Terry Johnson with his studs showing during a Rugby and District Sunday League game last year, Warwick Crown Court heard.

The clash, which came seconds before the final whistle as Chapman's team Long Lawford were losing 3-1 to Johnson's Wheeltappers, left Johnson with his leg in two places and ending his chances of ever playing again.

Prosecutor Iain Willis said Chapman had been criticised by his teamates earlier in the match for showing a lack of effort.

"The referee said it was a callous, deliberate act with intent to cause injury to the player," The Mirror quoted Willis, as saying.

Johnson needed reconstructive surgery and a steel rod was inserted in his leg to hold the bone together.

"It was like being hit by a train. I remember the sound of stamping coming up behind me and then I felt the pain in my leg. I heard a snap and everyone thought it was a shinpad snapping, but it was my leg," Johnson said.

"The doctors say it could take 18 months to repair. It's ruined my life. I will never be able to play football again. As far as I'm concerned he deserved what he got," he added.

Since the tackle, he has been unable to work and has struggled to support wife Lydia Adams, and their daughters Ruby and Eliza.

Judge Robert Orme said: "A football match gives no one any excuse to carry out wanton violence."

"I accept you showed very early remorse, but I have also had to consider the position of the victim and your very deliberate criminal act." (ANI)

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