Nov 2 2012 By Jack Griffith
A FOOTBALL player who headbutted a referee following an argument over the official's kit has been jailed for a year.
James Barnett, of Kings Road, West Drayton, was due to play in a six-a-side game at an astro-turf pitch in Bracknell, on July 2, when he got into a disagreement with the referee over the colour of his shirt.
He became abusive and aggressive towards the 27-year-old man, and was shown a red card before the match.
After the game, he approached the referee on the pitch and pushed him in the chest before headbutting him.
He fell to the floor during the assault, and was repeatedly kicked in the body and head whilst down.
Barnett was pulled away by his team-mates, and players on the opposition side.
He was arrested two days later after voluntarily handing himself into a police station.
The victim suffered cuts and bruises to his face and body, and had to undergo surgery to remove teeth which were left painful following the assault.
Barnett, 25, was sentenced at Reading Crown Court on October 26, after admitting a charge of ABH. He was jailed for 12 months.
PC Ashley Todd, of Bracknell CID, welcomed the sentence.
"I hope it shows how mindless and violent assaults such as this will not go unpunished.
"Barnett was angry and took out his frustration by carrying out an unprovoked and reckless assault on the victim, which could have easily been more serious.
"I would like to thank all the witnesses who provided statements and helped to bring this case to court."