Nicholas Williams, a soccer player for Welsh club Cefn Albion, has been sentenced to 12 months in prison after a reckless tackle led to an opponent sustaining a broken leg, according to the BBC.
Williams was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm to Andrew Barlow, who plays for AFC Brynford. Barlow suffered a complete break of his tibia and fibula.
Williams reportedly tackled Barlow out of revenge after a 50–50 call didn’t go his way.
Referee Mark Stokes, who officiated the match, discussed the viciousness of the tackle.
“That challenge was probably the worst one I have seen in my time as a referee,” Stokes said. “It wasn’t a challenge; it was a kick. There was no attempt to kick the ball.”
Barlow had rods inserted into his leg to repair the injury.