Jail for football faker

A TEENAGER who falsely claimed he played for Hucknall Town Football Club in a bid to avoid a prison sentence for a violent attack has been jailed for his lies.

Earlier this year, Alex Russell (19) told Nottingham Crown Court he had a flourishing career and had prospects in the professional game with a trial lined up at Barclays Premier League club, Bolton Wanderers.

His defence solicitor even handed in a reference from Hucknall Town, purporting to back up the claims.

But the letter, which was signed by an S.Clarke, was later exposed as being false. Russell was hauled back before the court and immediately sent down for nine months.

The court had heard that the unprovoked assault happened in the early hours of Saturday October 3 last year on Talbot Street in Nottingham city centre.

His victim needed extensive dental-repairs after being punched.

For the attack, Russell was initially given a suspended jail-sentence and ordered to carry out 150 hours of community service. He was also told to pay £10,400 compensation to his victim.

Now he has appeared in court again after being charged with perverting the course of justice alongside a co-accused 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Russell, of Melford Road, Bilborough, was given a further three months behind bars for the deceit. It will run concurrent to his nine-month sentence.

The 17-year-old was sentenced to a nine-month referral order. They both pleaded guilty on April Fool’s Day. Judge James Sampson described it as “an act of monumental stupidity”.