A finance expert was headbutted after he appealed for calm on a rowdy Tube train on its way back from last summer's Wembley Challenge Cup final.
Leeds-born city analyst Brendan O'Connor suffered facial injuries during the attack by Leeds Rhinos supporter Scott Morley on the train between Wembley Park and Finchley Road stations on Sunday, August 28.
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Morley, 26, from Sherburn Road, Stanks, Leeds, gave himself up after his CCTV photograph was recognised by Yorkshire Evening Post readers in an appeal to trace those involved.
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This week Morley pleaded guilty to assault at Westminster Magistrates Court and was handed a six month sentence suspended for two years and instructed to do 200 hours of unpaid work.
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He was also given an order banning him from rugby and soccer matches in England and Wales for two years, a supervision order, a curfew enforced by an electronic tag and was ordered to pay 2,000 compensation.
Today Mr O'Connor, originally from Chapel Allerton and a fellow Rhinos fan, praised the YEP and British Transport Police officer Det Con Eloise Lock for bringing Morley to justice.
He said: "We are so grateful to the YEP and British Transport Police for bringing Morley to justice."
Mr O'Connor, 42, who now lives in Hertfordshire, and his wife Rebekah had been at the game at Wembley and were returning by tube when the violence flared.
His lip torn open and he eventually underwent plastic surgery and 1,000 of dental repairs following the assault.