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Linesman jailed for headbutting player

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A linesman at an amateur football match has been jailed for 20 months for headbutting a player during a match in Cambridgeshire.

22-year-old Nathan Giltinane was running the line at the match between Gransden and Arbury back in February, and lost his temper in unbelievable fashion after an on-pitch incident involving his brother.

Giltinane's 18-year-old brother, playing for Arbury, tackled the 30-year-old victim, sparking angry words between the two players.

At that point Giltinane saw red, running onto the pitch and headbutting the Gransden player so hard that he was left with severe facial injuries.

Giltinane later handed himself into police and admitted the offence in court.

"The incident that led to this assault was a typical altercation between players in a football match but Giltinane's reaction was grossly over the top," said DC Paul Thornton following the case at Cambridge Crown Court.

"The victim was left with significant injuries that required hospital treatment and the whole thing happened in front of many people, including children.

"The sentence demonstrates that there is never any excuse for violence and it will be treated very seriously."

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