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CCTV: Blackburn Striker Admits Assaulting Man
A Premier League footballer has pleaded guilty to assaulting a man in a city centre - in an attack captured on CCTV.
Blackburn striker David Goodwillie, who repeatedly punched John Friel on the head and body and kicked him, was given a community service order.
The 23-year-old Scotland international will also be supervised for one year after admitting the attack in Glasgow's Queen Street on November 3, 2010.
Goodwillie assaulted Mr Friel, who had reportedly knocked out his former Dundee United team-mate, midfielder Danny Swanson, with one punch, leaving him lying on the pavement.
Goodwillie ran at Mr Friel, hitting him seven or eight times in three or four seconds.
Mr Friel slumped to the ground, then got up and tried to walk away as Goodwillie was restrained by other footballers.
But Mr Friel was so stunned by the beating he had received that he fell straight over a bin and crashed to the ground.
Sentencing him at Glasgow Sheriff Court, Sheriff Stuart Reid said Goodwillie had been convicted of an assault charge less than 12 months before the Queen Street incident.
He also said he did not seem "deterred" by a fine and compensation order he had been handed for it.
He imposed a 12-month probation order on him, with the conditions that he is of good behaviour and is supervised by a local authority officer.
The order also requires Goodwillie to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work in the community.