Former Grimsby Town captain John Welsh has been convicted of assault after an incident at a Liverpool city centre bus stop in March last year.
The former Liverpool trainee pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm after fracturing a woman’s leg following a night out with his brothers.
The 35-year-old asked his victim “do you know who I am?” as he attacked his victim, a court heard.
Welsh, who had drunk eleven pints of shandy before the attack, was handed a fifteen-month custodial sentence, suspended for two years, ordered to wear an electronic tag for three months and carry out two hundred hours of unpaid work, and provide £2,000 in compensation at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday.
Fans from Grimsby and a number of the midfielders previous clubs, which include Preston, Hull and Tranmere soon took to Twitter to react to the news with many surprised given the players previous good public image.
Mariners fans also questioned whether the incident had anything to do with Welsh being released from his contract last week after signing a two-year deal in June 2018.
Here is a selection of their responses.
Of all the players we've had over the years, John Welsh is the last player I'd expect to pull out the 'do you know who I am?' line on someone.
— North End Report (@northendreport) March 26, 2019
Given his appointment as club captain I really hope the club didn't know about John Welsh's upcoming trial when he signed last summer… #gtfc
— James Howes (@jhowes17) March 26, 2019
genuinely shocked reading about john welsh
— Sarah (@SarahWarren__) March 26, 2019
Were the club aware of this when we signed him?
— Jonathan Wacey (@GollyGTFC) March 26, 2019
Yes John Welsh, you were an extremely average Championship footballer.
— Dan Hunter (@danhunter857) March 26, 2019
Never been one of those to excuse a player just because “he seems like a nice bloke” or “he’s one of ours”…a piece of shit is a piece of shit and John Welsh is a piece of shit for doing that and I for one am delighted he is no longer a GTFC player
— Mark Robbo Robinson (@RobboGTFC) March 26, 2019
i genuinely can’t believe what i’m reading about john welsh, surely it isn’t true??
— emma (@ekpx_) March 26, 2019
Never liked him when he played for Tranmere
— Cheryl swanick (@Cheryl01375906) March 26, 2019
Well that’s John Welsh unfollowed, such a shame
— scotty (@Terrythepin) March 26, 2019