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Madine likely to be jailed - judge

A Championship footballer has been told he is likely to be jailed after he was found guilty of punching two men in separate nightclub attacks.

Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine, 23, shook his head after he was found guilty of causing Sheffield United fan Reece Hall grievous bodily harm 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 Mr Hall in the city's Viper Room club, shattering his cheekbone.

On Friday Judge Rodney Jameson QC gave Madine bail but told him: "You must understand that an immediate custodial sentence is very likely."

Judge Jameson told the jury of seven men and five women: "I agree with all of your verdicts. I think you've got it absolutely spot on."

The judge adjourned the case for sentencing so reports can be prepared. No sentencing date was fixed.

The jury cleared Madine - known by some Wednesday fans as Goal Machine - of the more serious charge of causing Mr Beresford grievous bodily harm. But they unanimously found him guilty of actual bodily harm.

The footballer was also found not guilty of causing Mr Hall grievous bodily harm with intent but the jury found him guilty of the lesser offence of grievous bodily harm by a majority of 10 to 2.

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