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Man who fractured player's eye during game of football fined

Alan Comrie attacked Alan Brown over a late tackle during a game of five-a-sides in a school hall.

Alan Comrie: Attacked a man after he was tackled late.
Alan Comrie: Attacked a man after he was tackled late. Central Scotland News Agency

A footballer who fractured another player's eye socket after he was tackled late during a "bad tempered" game of five-a-sides has been ordered to pay his victim compensation. 

Alan Comrie knocked victim Alan Brown to the ground with a shattering blow to the head that left the opposing team player with permanently disfiguring scars.

The incident happened after the pair argued about two late tackles during the game in the gym at Alloa Academy, Clackmannanshire.

Prosecutor Siobhan Monks told Falkirk Sheriff Court: "This happened during a five-a-side football match in a school hall.

"The victim regularly plays there, and the accused plays there from time-to-time.

"During the match there was a late tackle made on the accused by Mr Brown, and there was a coming-together and words were exchanged between Mr Brown and the accused.

"The game continued, but was more bad tempered after that, and then the accused carried out a late tackle on Mr Brown.

"Immediately there was another coming together between the accused and Mr Brown.

"They squared up to each other and the accused punched Mr Brown in the face."

Ms Monks said Mr Brown was immediately seen by other players to have a cut on his eye, and he was bleeding. 

He was given first aid at the hall and then taken to hospital. 

Doctors found he had sustained the fracture to the right eye socket, and three cuts round the eye which required nine stitches, leaving scarring that would be permanent.

The incident was reported to the police the next day, and Comrie was arrested. He refused to comment when interviewed by cops, and said nothing in reply to caution and charge. 

Comrie, 29, of Alva, Clackmannanshire, pleaded guilty on indictment to assaulting Mr Brown to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement on May 25. 

Sheriff John Mundy ordered Comrie to pay Mr Brown £500 compensation, and also imposed a £500 fine

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