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Footy fan attacked for goal celebration

PUBLISHED: 15:37 25 February 2009 | UPDATED: 16:10 25 August 2010

AN ARSENAL fan who left a rival fan with multiple fractures for celebrating a goal walked free from court on Monday but was ordered to pay his victim £15,000 compensation.

AN ARSENAL fan who left a rival fan with multiple fractures for celebrating a goal walked free from court on Monday but was ordered to pay his victim £15,000 compensation.

David Knight, 43, of Montrose Avenue, Sidcup, flew into a rage when he saw Michael Clancy cheering a first half own goal at the Emirates Stadium last season.

When he spotted Mr Clancy jump out of his seat in the home end, Knight leapt to his feet and rushed over to the West Midlander.

Knight - who gave up coaching children's teams because of too much violence on the sidelines - shoved him in the chest, sending him crashing down a flight of concrete steps.

He left Mr Clancy lying in a pool of blood and calmly went back to his seat while shocked fans rushed to help the unconscious man.

Mr Clancy was rushed to hospital where an emergency scan showed he had suffered a fractured nose, jaw bone and eye socket.

The wound in his head was stitched back together and although he is on the mend, Mr Clancy is still off work, Blackfriars Crown Court heard.

He was arrested in his seat and charged with inflicting grievous bodily home before Arsenal managed to claw back a last minute goal and earn a point from the 1-1 draw.

Adrian Fleming, prosecuting, said the violence unfolded on the afternoon of March 1 when Swiss international Philippe Senderos scored an own goal in the 27th minute, putting Aston Villa one-nil up.

Tension between the two teams was already running high, with Villa fans jeering the Arsenal supporters in their first game since Brazilian-born Eduardo suffered a horrendous injury in a horror tackle against Birmingham City the week before.

Knight, who has been nursing his wife during her recovery from a brain tumour, initially denied the attack.

But just before he was due to stand trial, he admitted the assault.

Giving Knight a 51-week jail sentence suspended for a year.

Knight was also banned from going to matches for three years, was ordered to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work and was given a year to pay Mr Clancy the £15,000 compensation.

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