Leicester City star Danny Simpson has avoided a jail conviction after he assaulted his ex-girlfriend during an allegedly drunken row in December of last year.
Simpson, was found by police straddling ex-partner Stephanie Ward with his hands wrapped around her throat.
After a trial, the 28-year old was ordered by Manchester Magistrates Court to serve 300 hours of unpaid work.
Ms Ward, who called 999 on the night of the incident, refused to give evidence against him at Simpson's trial and released a statement last month to defend the Leicester City player.
The statement which was published in The Mirror, said: "I am devastated by today's outcome for Danny, our family and our daughter Skye.
"I am not a victim at all. Danny is a kind, loving father and despite our ups and downs he is a good person who I love and respect.
"We did get into a heated argument. I asked Danny to leave but he wouldn't so I called police. When they arrived Danny was not on top of me and he definitely did not throttle me. I told police I would not make a statement as he is not violent.
"I later attended the police station of my own accord to ask for bail conditions to be dropped as Skye and I missed Danny terribly."
Simpson started his footballing career by coming through the academy ranks at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson, and after permanent spells with Newcastle and QPR, now plies his trade at the King Power Stadium with Leicester.
The right-back played only seven games for the club last season, and his future has been put in doubt with being placed on a suspension following his assault charge.
Pearson transfer targets
After a tremendous late run of form late in the season, manager Nigel Pearson steered the Foxes to Premier League safety.
Pearson has expressed his intentions to bolster the Leicester City defence ahead of next season, and reports from The Mirror suggest that Robert Huth could be signed in a permanent deal for £2.5m.
The towering German centre-back was signed on loan from Stoke last season, and proved to be key in their late season revival by playing terrifically in his 14 appearances for the Foxes.
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