The 28-year-old footballer has been given a two year suspended sentence
Ex-Premier League striker Anthony Stokes, 28, was given a two-year suspended sentence over the attack and ordered to pay his victim £25,000.
The former Sunderland, Celtic and Arsenal youth star had pleaded guilty last year to assaulting Anthony Bradley in Dublin, his home city.
Passing sentence, Judge Patricia Ryan said she was taking into consideration “the seriousness of the offence and the personal circumstances” of Stokes, who now plays for Championship side Blackburn Rovers.
Stokes friend twice spilled his drink over Mr Bradley
Dublin’s Circuit Criminal Court had heard the assault happened in 2013, in the VIP area of what was then Buck Whalleys, after Stokes’s friend twice spilled drink over Mr Bradley.
The Elvis impersonator spoke to the drunk pal in a “friendly manner” but within four seconds Republic of Ireland international Stokes had intervened and head-butted him.
Parts of statements from members of club staff were read to the court, in one of which Stokes was said to have told an employee: “If someone puts it up to me, I’m going to nut him.”
The Blackburn Rovers man has signed a two-year good behaviour bond
The court heard Mr Bradley, 53, a former car park attendant, suffered a broken nose and two broken teeth in the assault.
He has also since been diagnosed with a spinal condition which causes neck and shoulder pain and is taking a case for damages to Ireland’s High Court.
Stokes, who has won nine caps for Ireland and had spells at several other clubs, was told to sign a two-year good behaviour bond.
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