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John Smith, 37, a renowned chef who had worked for some of the finest Michelin-starred establishments in the UK, has been sentenced to two years in prison after he stamped on a man’s head who had been singing the Manchester United anthem.
On the evening of August 23rd 2020, Smith was involved in an altercation with a group of fellow football fans who were drinking and singing in his local pub. Smith, who was an avid Manchester City supporter, was angered when he heard the group singing the Manchester United anthem, and he ended up attacking one of the men in the group.
Smith then proceeded to stamp on the man’s head, causing serious and permanent injury. The victim was rushed to hospital where he had to undergo reconstructive surgery.
At the sentencing hearing, the court heard that Smith had previously worked in some of the most prestigious Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK, including the three-Michelin-starred Waterside Inn, in Bray, and the two-Michelin-starred Fat Duck in Bray.
Judge Robert MacDonald said that Smith’s actions were “completely out of character”, and said that he had taken the man’s “support of a rival football team too seriously”.
Smith, who pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, was given a two-year custodial sentence, and was also ordered to pay costs of £1,500.
Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Constable Jonathan Ward said: “This was a mindless and completely unprovoked attack which has had a lasting effect on the victim. No-one should be subjected to such violence because of their football allegiance.”