Solicitor’s headbutt attack during football match in Leeds

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A solicitor fractured the cheek bone of a spectator during an attack as he was playing in a football match, a court heard.


A court heard Michael Filson, 33, lost his temper after insults were made about his mother during the game at Squirrel Way Park, Shadwell Lane, Leeds.

Filson was playing for South Manchester against Leeds Maccabi in a Jewish Sunday League match when the attack happened on April 26 this year.

Leeds Crown Court heard Filson remonstrated with some of the Leeds Maccabi supporters when they began insulting one of his younger team mates.

Jonathan Sharp, prosecuting, said an insult was then made about Mr Filson’s mother.

Filson ran at victim Elliot Landy and struck him in the face with the top of his head.

Mr Landy was left shocked and in pain and was taken to hospital. He received treatment for a fractured cheekbone but did not require surgery. Filson, of Canterbury Road, Hale, Cheshire, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm, Nicholas Lumley, QC, mitigating, said Filson was a commercial solicitor and is also facing disciplinary action from his professional body. Mr Lumley said: “His employment and status as a solicitor will be affected by anything approaching a custodial sentence.”

The barrister said Filson had written to the victim to apologise and tried to get in touch with him after the attack. Mr Lumley said the father-of-two was sorry and ashamed of what he had done and his actions were out of character.

Filson was made the subject of a 12-month community order and told he must do 160 hours unpaid work. The Recorder of Leeds, judge Peter Collier, QC, said: “What happened on April 26 was completely out of character.

“You are otherwise held in high regard.”