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Eddie Irvine handed suspended jail sentence

Jan 9, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

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Former Formula One driver Eddie Irvine has been handed a suspended six-month jail sentence for his involvement in a nightclub brawl five years ago.

The Irishman, who is known for being quite an outspoken member of the Formula One community, was involved in an incident with Gabriele Moratti back in 2008. It is believed that the brawl broke out after Irvine contacted Moratti’s ex-girlfriend.

Speaking in a statement, Irvine said: “I was struck by Moratti with two or three punches, I lost my balance and fell.”

Despite being handed the suspended sentence, Irvine’s lawyer confirmed that he expected to appeal the court ruling.

Irvine raced in Formula One between 1993 and 2002, enjoying his best patch of form with Ferrari in 1999. Following Michael Schumacher’s accident at the British Grand Prix, Irvine became team leader at Maranello for the second half of the season and lost the championship at the final round of the season to Mika Hakkinen by two points.

  1. worknman24hours - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    FIVE YEARS AGO!!!!!!

    THAT is why I let a heck of a lot of comments just go away.

    You just touch someone, let alone lay them out and it’s a portion of your life spent defending every aspect of thirty seconds of nonsense.

    Good luck, Eddie.

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