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Inverness Caley footballer sacked for punching woman

Riccardo Calder punched the 24-year-old victim several times through her open car window.

Riccardo Calder: Punched victim several times.
Riccardo Calder: Punched victim several times.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Riccardo Calder has been sacked after kicking and punching a woman when her car hit the back of his.

The midfielder punched the 24-year-old victim several times through her open car window.

She suffered significant bruising to her eyes and face, a fracture to her thumb and a cut to her lip in the attack.

Inverness have now terminated Calder's contract following the assault at Kings Heath, Birmingham.

Calder joined the Scottish Championship side last year from Aston Villa, making more than 20 appearances for the club.

A club spokesman said: "Following a trial at Birmingham Magistrates' Court this week and the subsequent guilty verdict, Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club can confirm that it has terminated the registration of Riccardo Calder with immediate effect.

"Due to the ongoing legal process in England, the club will not be making any further comment on the matter."

The assault happened in the early hours of the morning after Calder dropped her to her car.

The victim's car collided with the back of the footballer's vehicle and they both then drove to a pub car park where Calder punched her several times through her open window, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Once she got out the car he continued to assault her by kicking her and swinging a shoe at her.

He will be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on December 4.

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