Wigan sack King: £1m-a-year man jailed for 18 months over nightclub sex attack

30 October 2009 01:46
Marlon King and his wife Julia outside Southwark Crown Court earlier this week

Wigan Athletic striker Marlon King will go to jail for 18 months for groping a youngwoman in a nightclub and then breaking her nose after she spurned his"disgusting" advances.

Latics chairman Dave Whelan confirmed that the club has sacked the £1m-a-year player.

'He is sacked completely,' Whelan told Sky Sports News. 'Finished.

'We have to follow the rules and regulations, which means we will haveto give him 14 days notice that his contract will be cancelled.

'We will not tolerate football playerswho get sent to jail for 18 months. As far as we are concerned, he isfinished with football at Wigan Athletic.

'We tell our players they have got to have standards and set standards, particularly in their private lives.

'I sat him down at the start of the season and personally told him this was the last chance for him to make it as a professional footballer.

'To be fair to him, he worked harder in training.I didn't even know anything about this case till last week.'

Celebrity haunt: The court heart how King attacked the 20-year-old woman at the Soho Revue Bar in London last December

Sacked: Marlon King won't be seen in a Wigan shirt again

The Jamaica international, who was celebrating both his wife's pregnancy andscoring a winning goal hours earlier, was repeatedly "cold-shouldered"by women revellers in London's packed Soho Revue Bar last December.

When a slightly-built university student became the latest torecoil from his touch, he lost his temper and in an outburst of"completely gratuitous violence" lashed out, "smashing" her to thefloor.

His single clenched fist blow was so powerful that two otherrevellers - one of them holding on to his arm - were also sent flying.

While bouncers moved in to restrain the muscular £5million striker, friends rushed to the aid of his victim.

As she was helped to her feet, blood poured from her shattered nose, London's Southwark Crown Court heard.

The 29-year-old, from Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, claimed he was a victim of "mistaken identity".

But after hearing overwhelming evidence from a string of witnesses,including a football coach who insisted he was the assailant, the jurydecided he was lying.

He was unanimously convicted of sexually assaulting the 20-year-old and causing actual bodily harm.

A statement on the Wigan Athletic confirmed his sacking and said that King deserved his punishment.

'Although the club was aware of the incident at thetime, it was not aware of the severity, and therefore believe that thesentence received is justification for the player's actions,' it read.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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