A former Liverpool FC player broke a woman’s leg and asked her ‘don’t you know who I am?’ after drinking 11 pints of shandy with his brothers.
John Welsh, 35, told Jeanette Gavin, 57, ‘watch where you’re going, you fat b****’ before he kicked her in the right leg after a night out in Liverpool.
Welsh bumped into Jeanette and her girlfriend Eileen Phealy at a bus stop shortly before 4am on March 24, last year.
The dad-of-three was given a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.
Claire Jones, prosecuting, said: ‘At 3.30am the women were standing together in a bus stop at the corner of Victoria Street and Temple Street waiting for a cab.
‘The defendant walked past them and an altercation took place between them about what was perceived to have happened at the bus stop.
‘He said, “I can do what I f***ing want” and words to the effect of “don’t you tell me what to do”, “I will do whatever I want”. “Don’t you know who I am?” and said he could find out where they live.’
Welsh, from West Derby, then kicked Jeanette in the right leg, taking her feet out from under her and bringing her to the floor.
The driving instructor, who was left with a fracture to her leg, then called the police and Welsh was apprehended – having sustained an injury to his lips after being punched.
Damien Nolan, defending, said the incident was ‘six of one and a half a dozen of the other’ and that his client also ‘received injuries’ in the row.
He also pointed to the amount of charitable work Welsh had been involved with over the years as part of his position as a professional footballer.
Mr Nolan said: ‘His profession is often labelled as concerning selfish people who are only out for themselves and he has demonstrated he is of a different character.’
Welsh pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court today.
Supported in court by his wife and family, he was given a 15-month custodial sentence suspended for two years.
He was also ordered to wear an electronic tag for three months and carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, as well as paying £2,000 in compensation.
Welsh was a Liverpool FC midfielder between 2001 and 2006 and was signed by Tranmere Rovers in 2009 before joining on to captain Preston North End.
Welsh joined Liverpool at the age of 10, going on to become the captain of the reserve team.
He made four appearances for the club, including in the 2005 Champions League run when he came on as a substitute in the away tie against Bayer Leverkusen.
Sentencing Welsh, Recorder Simon Killeen said: ‘On March 24, 208, you were in Liverpool city centre at 3.20am and were clearly drunk having consumed 11 pints of shandy.
‘You become involved in an altercation with two ladies – it was as much your fault as theirs what is your fault is that, after the initial coming together, you kicked one of these ladies with such force that you fractured her leg.’