Punch-up lands footy player in court

A TALENTED footballer from Kyogle came close to marring a promising football career after he assaulted two men who allegedly spat blood in the direction of a female friend.

Joshua Graham Tanner pleaded guilty in Lismore Local Court yesterday to two counts of common assault.

At 2.15am on March 9 Tanner chased after the two men along Keen Street in Lismore who he believed had placed his friend in danger.

As the men rounded the corner into Woodlark Street Tanner caught up with them and punched one of the men on the back of the head.

As they turned to face him Tanner punched both men in the face.

Police arrived and told Tanner to stop, but he refused and received a dose of capsicum spray.

Tanner ran away with police giving chase, finally catching up with him and detaining him.

Tanner's solicitor said his client had a promising football career, with a contract with a Sydney NRL club likely, and was well supported by his coach. “He has the ability to go a long way,” he said.

In sentencing Tanner, magistrate Nick Reimer described Tanner's actions as reprehensible.

Tanner was fined $300 and placed on two 12-month good behaviour bonds which will run concurrently.

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