Former West Ham youth player, Izzy Iriekpen has been jailed for over three years for glassing a bouncer.
The Old Bailey heard that Simon Williams needed 61 stitches stretching from his temple to his shoulder after the attack outside a pub in Notting Hill in July 2014.
Iriekpen, who captained the 1999 FA Youth Cup winning team featuring Joe Cole and Michael Carrick, claimed that he forgot that he was holding the glass when he lashed out in self defence. But prosecutors said he lost his temper because he felt ‘disrespected’ by Mr Williams in front of a female friend.
The attack happened Mr Williams went over to speak to Iriekpen after noticing the ex-footballer had moved outside the barrier around the pub with a drink in his hand.
Iriekpen played for the Hammers between 1998 and 2003 and after spells at other clubs retired due to injury in 2009. In January 1999, Izzy was a substitute at Old Trafford at the age of sixteen. He was stripped down ready to come on when the ref blew for full time denying his opportunity. Had he come on, he would have been the youngest ever player to play for West Ham. He never made a first team appearance.
Iriekpen was convicted of unlawfully wounding Mr Williams and given three years and three months by the judge, Mr Michael Brompton, QC.