A TYNESIDE footballer was today jailed for 18 months after being found guilty of punching two men in separate nightclub attacks.
Gary Madine, 23, who plays for Championship club Sheffield Wednesday, was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court.
He was earlier found guilty of causing Wednesday fan Daniel Beresford actual bodily harm by a jury after a week-long trial and more than seven hours of deliberations.
Madine, who has a previous conviction for knocking a man out in a Carlisle pub, punched Mr Beresford in the Paris Bar in Sheffield city centre in February last year, breaking his nose.
Four weeks later, he punched bricklayer Reece Hall in the city’s Viper Room club, shattering his cheekbone.
Madine, from Birtley, Gateshead, began his career with Carlisle United, where he made his first team debut in 2007.
He was sent out on loan in 2009, first with Rochdale and then Coventry City before joining Chesterfield in 2010 on loan.
He signed a permanent contract with Sheffield Wednesday in January 2011 for an undisclosed fee, believed to be £800,000 including add-ons.