'Despicable' Aston Villa fan punched boy, 9, in the face after his team lost to Man City in Wembley final
AN Aston Villa fan punched a nine-year-old boy in the face during a “despicable” attack after his team lost to Man City at Wembley.
Footie yob Simon Ebdon, 54, assaulted the lad in a fit of rage after his team were beaten 2-1 in the Carabao Cup final.
The youngster was left with a bruised cheek and was “mentally scarred” by the terrifying attack in March last year.
His dad, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told BirminghamLive: “I still can't believe it. It's been the most horrendous time for us."
The father and son City fans were walking to Wembley Central Tube station when they joined the queue alongside a crowd of Villa supporters.
I still can't believe it. It's been the most horrendous time for us.
Suddenly one man started abusing the family so the dad grabbed his boy's hand and they went through a barrier that a Villa supporter had lifted for them.
The dad, who described the attack as "cowardly and despicable", said: “As we went through the barrier I looked and saw my son on the floor.
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"My son then told me he had been punched in the face. I never saw it. I punish myself now – how could I not see it?”
He added: “My son had bruising to his check and is mentally scarred by it.”
Ebdon admitted assault by beating at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court in north London last week.
He was ordered to carry out 80 hours' community service and banned from football for three-years.
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