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Rugby star jailed over bar brawl that left victim with horrific facial injuries

A RUGBY star has been jailed over a bar brawl that left his victim with horrific facial injuries.

Gordon Maudling, 29, claimed he was goaded into twice punching Christopher Whitelock.


Workington Town rugby league player Gordon Maudling, with the ball in his hands

Mr Whitelock’s nose was cut open, cartilage was seen sticking out of his face and he was left disfigured and scarred.

Workington Town player Maudling said he was tipsy — but Carlisle crown court Judge Nicholas Barker called him a “binge drinker”.

Maudling got a suspended term in 2014 for another violent attack.

Judge Barker said: “You have not learned your lesson and not moderated your behaviour.

“In those circumstances, only an immediate prison sentence was appropriate.

“Even if there had been goading, that did not excuse your behaviour.”

Maudling, of Whitehaven, Cumbria, got nine months for assault and possessing cocaine.

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