Northampton footballer punched opposition player fracturing his jaw he refused to shake his hand after match

Northampton Magistrates Court NNL-150303-120601001
Northampton Magistrates Court NNL-150303-120601001

A Northampton man has pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm after he admitted punching an opponent following a football match and fracturing his jaw.

Frankie Belfon, 19, of Kingsley Park Terrace, Northampton, had allegedly asked a member of the opposing team for a hand shake following a match at Woodford United, Woodford Halse, on December 7 last year.

But a hearing at Northampton Magistrates’ Court yesterday heard how Belfon went on to punch the player, after the man allegedly snubbed the hand shake offer.

The attack left the victim with a fractured jaw, and the court heard how he has since had to have a metal plate inserted.

Belfon pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, but denied that it was an ‘unprovoked attack’, as claimed by the Crown Prosecution Service.

His defence solicitor Alistair Evans said it was Belfon’s view the victim had ‘pushed’ him first.

He was granted unconditional bail and told to return to Northampton Crown Court to be sentenced on Tuesday, June 16.