A BURTON Albion youth team player kicked a man as he lay on the ground during a mass brawl in the town centre two days before Christmas, a court heard.
Burton Magistrates’ Court was shown CCTV footage of 18-year-old Shae Yates attacking Jordan Swain in Worthington Way after becoming caught up in the fracas which saw around 30 people spill onto the street from nearby bars and clubs.
The trouble flared up after Jordan Watson, of Foxglove Avenue, Brizlincote Valley, who appeared alongside Yates in court, punched a man he had followed from The Association nightclub, in High Street.
Watson, 18, was then set upon by friends of the victim, Robert Leech, sparking the violence that followed.
A third man, Joshua Timms, was also charged for his part in the incident.
The court heard how the instigator of the trouble, Watson, confronted Mr Leech, who was headed for a taxi rank in Station Street, before punching him in the face, leaving him with a gash above his eye which had to be glued at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital.
In the ensuing melee, Mr Swain was attacked by a group of men which included promising footballer Yates, of Derwent Road, Brizlincote Valley, and Timms, also 18, of Heath Road, Stapenhill.
Yates admitted kicking Mr Swain, while Timms threw a punch.
Yates, Watson and Timms were all given 12-month community orders including unpaid work after pleading guilty to threatening behaviour.
Watson must also pay £200 in compensation to Mr Leech and Yates and Timms £50 each to Mr Swain.
John Skinner, defending Watson, said: “He admitted he was involved and he should be given credit for that.
“He was clearly very drunk; he described himself as being drunker than he had ever been before. When he saw the CCTV footage he was appalled by his actions.”
Nick Wenden, representing Yates and Timms, said: “They became involved to try and split it up but it got out of hand. They are both remorseful and ashamed of what happened.
“Clearly alcohol was a factor in this. It is a real eye-opener and not something they wish to repeat again.”