Ex-Premier League footballer jailed over stabbing man in front of schoolgirl

Former Premier League footballer Ibrahim Meite, 26, has been jailed after stabbing a man in a "dispute" over a girl.

Meite played for Cardiff City between 2017 and 2019 – including under Neil Warnock when the Bluebirds were in England's top flight. Meite attacked Rio Amos, 24, on a residential street in London in September 2019, stabbing him in the back in front of the general public.

The former footballer was also injured, as Amos stabbed him in the leg before fleeing the scene. Both men were then arrested and taken to the hospital to treat their wounds.

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Kingston Crown Court heard Meite had approached Amos while driving his white Mercedes. Meite was seen on CCTV leaving the car, while a third man, Leon Hughes, "pincered" Amos so he couldn't escape the duo.

The former footballer then stabbed Amos in the back in front of "clearly alarmed" members of the public, including a young schoolgirl and a baby. Meite attempted to flee the scene, but was chased by Amos, who had produced a larger knife, and stabbed Meite in the leg.

The court heard Meite had approached Amos to "clear the air" after the pair got into a dispute in a nightclub over a girl. However, that led to some pushing and shoving, and the judge said the stabbing was clearly partly a "revenge attack".

The jury found Meite guilty of wounding with intent, unlawful wounding and possession of a knife, and the former footballer was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

Judge Tregilgas-Davey told him: “Mr Meite, this is so serious only an immediate custodial sentence can be justified. When large knives are carried and used in confrontation they can often cause death and life changing injuries and it is your sheer fortune that was not in this case.”


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