Former Chelsea striker Kerry Dixon, who achieved legendary status with the Blues by scoring 147 goals in 335 league games, has been jailed for nine months after being found guilty of assault causing actual bodily harm.
Dixon, 53, was handed a custodial sentence for attacking victim Ben Scoble in a public house.
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The PFA had written to Luton Crown Court on Dixon’s behalf, appealing for the former footballer to be kept out of prison.
However, Judge Barbara Mensah decided that the attack, which involved Dixon kicking and punching Scoble eight times around the head, was too serious to justify a suspended sentence.
Dixon had claimed that Scobie had provoked him by stealing his seat and using foul language towards him.
He also argued that he had been afraid of being attacked, as a result of another incident in a pub 10 years ago, in which he glassed.
However, Judge Mensah said: “Why go over to Mr Scoble in that case, if he had a glass in his hand? Out of the blue, as we see on CCTV, we see you still very annoyed and immediately strike Mr Scoble.
“You were annoyed and clearly going to teach him a lesson. You knocked him off the bar stool and continued to pummel him on the ground. It was shocking and it was sickening to watch.”
Dixon was seen slumping in his chair in court as the verdict was delivered.