A MAN who attacked a footballer in a city-centre street has escaped a jail sentence.
Jamie Henderson, 22, assaulted former Livingston striker Marc McNulty during a late-night confrontation between two groups of men outside a nightclub.
McNulty, who now plays for Sheffield United, was left with horrific injuries including a fractured cheekbone and eye socket and was forced to undergo reconstructive surgery at St John’s Hospital where he had a titanium plate fitted to his face.
The 23-year-old player, now on loan at Portsmouth, was out with friends at the Devil’s Cut nightclub when trouble broke out in November 2014.
He was on the phone to his agent when Henderson, from Broomhall Drive, approached him from the side and savagely punched him to the head.
Henderson – who admitted the assault – was sentenced to a 12-month offenders’ supervision requirement and ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work during an appearance at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.