Former Arsenal and Celtic striker Anthony Stokes has been ordered by Ireland's High Court to pay €230,000 in damages for headbutting an Elvis impersonator in a nightclub.
The incident took place on June 8, 2013 outside what was then Bucks Whaley nightclub in Dublin, when Anthony Bradley, a former car park attendant, was attacked by Stokes and suffered injuries, including a broken nose and two smashed teeth.
The Daily Mail report that Stokes already paid Mr Bradley €30,000 after the attack but has now been ordered to pay a second, more expensive fee after being successfully sued. Mr Bradley, who was attacked after spilling a drink onto a friend of Stokes, took the case to Ireland's High Court.
Stokes was ordered to pay Mr Bradley €150,000 in general damages, €50,000 in aggravated damages and a further €32,000 for medical expenses, his solicitor Joseph Burke revealed. The striker was not present in court and had no lawyer attending the hearing on his behalf.
The 28-year-old was handed a two-year suspended sentence earlier this month, after admitting to the assault.
"Mr Bradley has indicated that he is pleased with the outcome and that he simply wishes to get on with his life," a lawyer said.
''He can be a top player; or he could be playing non-League football in four or five years' time." Roy Keane on Anthony Stokes in Dec 2007.— Kieran Cunningham (@KCsixtyseven) February 17, 2017
Mr Bradley had spoken to Stokes' friend regarding the spillage in a friendly manner, and within three to four seconds Stokes had intervened and headbutted him, the court heard.
Statements from members of staff were also read to the court, with one stating Stokes was escorted from the premises without further incident and told an employee: "
"I never thought I'd find myself in this situation," he said.
"I find it difficult to express in words the impact it has had on me. I'm now living day to day as I've lost the security of the job I had."