Welsh soccer player sentenced to jail time after brutal tackle

Tuesday August 23rd, 2016

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. 

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