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post Jan 11 2007, 01:19 PM
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From the BBC. Link HERE
FA Cup assault footballer jailed
James Cotterill
Cotterill pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm
A footballer has been jailed for hitting a rival player in the face during an FA Cup match.

Barrow defender James Cotterill, 24, pleaded guilty to punching Bristol Rovers striker Sean Rigg during a first round match on 11 November last year.

He was sentenced to four months in prison for GBH, at Preston Crown Court.

Cotterill is thought to be the first football player in recent history in England to be jailed for an offence which happened on the pitch.

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The incident took place at the Conference North club Barrow's ground.

Cotterill fractured Mr Rigg's jaw in two places during the "highly charged" match. It now has to be held in place by metal plates for the rest of his life.

The court heard how Riggs, a League Two player, had to drink through a straw and eat with a teaspoon as a result of the punch.

The Football Association banned Cotterill from playing football until March of this year.

An interim suspension was imposed by the FA on 17 November due to the serious nature of the incident.

Television cameras captured the off-the-ball assault, which was shown that evening to millions of viewers on the BBC's Match of the Day programme.
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post Jan 11 2007, 01:49 PM
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QUOTE (Chuckie Egg @ Jan 11 2007, 01:19 PM) *
From the BBC. Link HERE
FA Cup assault footballer jailed
James Cotterill
Cotterill pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm
A footballer has been jailed for hitting a rival player in the face during an FA Cup match.

Barrow defender James Cotterill, 24, pleaded guilty to punching Bristol Rovers striker Sean Rigg during a first round match on 11 November last year.

He was sentenced to four months in prison for GBH, at Preston Crown Court.

Cotterill is thought to be the first football player in recent history in England to be jailed for an offence which happened on the pitch.

Metal plates

The incident took place at the Conference North club Barrow's ground.

Cotterill fractured Mr Rigg's jaw in two places during the "highly charged" match. It now has to be held in place by metal plates for the rest of his life.

The court heard how Riggs, a League Two player, had to drink through a straw and eat with a teaspoon as a result of the punch.

The Football Association banned Cotterill from playing football until March of this year.

An interim suspension was imposed by the FA on 17 November due to the serious nature of the incident.

Television cameras captured the off-the-ball assault, which was shown that evening to millions of viewers on the BBC's Match of the Day programme.

Should have been banned for life.What sort of punishment is that?The FA seem happy with some of the more thuggish side of the game more prevalent in local leagues than at this higher level.


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post Jan 11 2007, 02:18 PM
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I'd agree. Sine die would have been the correct ban. Four months may act as a deterrent though. What about Lee McCullough and Ben Thatcher next? Or could Premiership clubs afford better barristers than Barrow?


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post Jan 11 2007, 02:30 PM
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That is a disgrace mad.gif
What was the point of doing that in teh middle of a football match mad.gif
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post Jan 11 2007, 02:50 PM
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Is Sean rigg still playing football, or has he had to retire due to his injury?


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post Jan 11 2007, 02:54 PM
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QUOTE (Darrell @ Jan 11 2007, 02:50 PM) *
Is Sean rigg still playing football, or has he had to retire due to his injury?

Good question,he may have had to have a self-imposed sine die ban as a result of his physical assault by Cotterill.The FA should hold their blazers in shame.


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post Jan 11 2007, 03:16 PM
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So, technically, he's allowed to play football before he even gets out of prison?
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post Jan 12 2007, 12:55 PM
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I remember watching that incident on MOTD.

An absolute disgrace, that riggs lad wasn't even facing Cotterill, the coward hit him from behind.

it does make you wonder what world the FA live in. I totally agree if you bring the game into such direpute ie court case, Prison sentence, it should be a ban for life from ALL footballing activities.

I realise tempers flare because its a passionate game and squaring up and handbags at dawn should be as bad as it gets with maybe the odd bad word.

intentional cleaning out of a player ie Thatcher is a dark part of the game and can ruin not just careers but lives as well, just ask Gary Mabbutt who has not only had to live with physical but mental scars as well from a 'stray' elbow.

And before anyone else says it granted some footballers are millioniares which would ease the pain, but to the vast majority it provides for a family and keeps the wolves from the door.

what if that animal cotterill decided to break a jaw of a player in his league or in a sunday league. this could lead to some serious time off work maybe with no sick pay, house could be in jepaordy, can't provide for your kids, and to top it all off the pain of the injury and operations and the embaressment of the straw and teaspoon treatment. in all a sentence worse than four months in a HMP.

Apologies for going so deep but it just annoys me that brainless thugs get away very lightly for their disgraceful actions, and it annoys me more so especially being a sunday league footballer (used in the loosest sense) who is self employed, with a mortgage, with two young children knowing that it could all be taken away by the thoughtless actions of somebody wanting to prove his non existant macho manhood because he is a bad loser.

and a deep breath, rant over.........as you were.
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post Jan 12 2007, 12:58 PM
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QUOTE (Fathead The Gladiator @ Jan 11 2007, 02:54 PM) *
QUOTE (Darrell @ Jan 11 2007, 02:50 PM) *
Is Sean rigg still playing football, or has he had to retire due to his injury?

Good question,he may have had to have a self-imposed sine die ban as a result of his physical assault by Cotterill.The FA should hold their blazers in shame.


Rigg was back on the bench for Bristols last game. I think it was his first game back


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post Jan 12 2007, 04:58 PM
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Shocking incident, punishment deserved.
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post Jan 12 2007, 05:07 PM
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This is ridiculous. The police shouldn't get involved with sports incidents. The FA should've been stronger. What next? Rugby players sent down for fighting?


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post Jan 12 2007, 07:19 PM
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Thats crap and you know it, he took a swipe at some one when he wasnt even looking

You have to remeber the Sean Rigg made a complaint to the police.

If it had happend to you on a Saturday night in the pub and the police/CPS did fook all about it you would be up in arms, if anything the public venue where it happend should only increase the punishment.


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post Jan 12 2007, 07:23 PM
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QUOTE (Whisper @ Jan 12 2007, 07:19 PM) *
Thats crap and you know it, he took a swipe at some one when he wasnt even looking

You have to remeber the Sean Rigg made a complaint to the police.

If it had happend to you on a Saturday night in the pub and the police/CPS did fook all about it you would be up in arms, if anything the public venue where it happend should only increase the punishment.


Fair challenge in my book. wink.gif It happened to me a fair bit in the early 80's on train platforms, and I never went running to the police, quite the opposite in fact. laugh.gif


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post Jan 12 2007, 07:33 PM
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QUOTE (Whisper @ Jan 12 2007, 07:19 PM) *
Thats crap and you know it, he took a swipe at some one when he wasnt even looking

You have to remeber the Sean Rigg made a complaint to the police.

If it had happend to you on a Saturday night in the pub and the police/CPS did fook all about it you would be up in arms, if anything the public venue where it happend should only increase the punishment.


So it's crap that i think these things should be kept within football? All about opinions.

You really shouldn't use that as an arguement, who's to say that didn't happen to me?


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post Jan 16 2007, 01:40 AM
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QUOTE (Hot Cancer @ Jan 12 2007, 07:33 PM) *
QUOTE (Whisper @ Jan 12 2007, 07:19 PM) *
Thats crap and you know it, he took a swipe at some one when he wasnt even looking

You have to remeber the Sean Rigg made a complaint to the police.

If it had happend to you on a Saturday night in the pub and the police/CPS did fook all about it you would be up in arms, if anything the public venue where it happend should only increase the punishment.


So it's crap that i think these things should be kept within football? All about opinions.

You really shouldn't use that as an arguement, who's to say that didn't happen to me?


Football pitches are not exempt from national laws. Punching someone is an arrestable offence wherever it takes place. What if someone took a gun on the pitch and shot someone dead. Should they be trialed for murder or, god help us, dealt with by the FA? rolleyes.gif

Sorry for dragging this one back up, been away over the weekend
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The thug has got what he deserved


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post Jan 16 2007, 07:38 AM
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post Jan 16 2007, 09:05 AM
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QUOTE (XWWB @ Jan 16 2007, 01:40 AM) *
Football pitches are not exempt from national laws. Punching someone is an arrestable offence wherever it takes place. What if someone took a gun on the pitch and shot someone dead. Should they be trialed for murder or, god help us, dealt with by the FA? rolleyes.gif


Don't insult my intelligence by making this comparison.

I just think, where tempers flare on the football pitch it should stay in house. How many fights take place on the streets with witnesses and lead to prison sentances? Not many.

I'm not condoning what the lad did, it was pathetic and nasty. But if the police want to take a hard line, why are they not getting involved during rugby matches? There is far worse that goes on during that.


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