Shamed former Aston Villa player Riccardo Calder sacked for assaulting a woman
Former Aston Villa and England prospect Riccardo Calder has been sacked by Inverness Caledonian Thistle after being found guilty of assaulting a woman in a car park.
The 22-year-old is facing a prison sentence after he was convicted of battering a woman with his shoe.
The Scottish Championship club have acted after pressure grew after the outcome was announced.
"Following a trial at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court this week and the subsequent guilty verdict, Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club can confirm that it has terminated the registration of Riccardo Calder with immediate effect," their statement read.
"Due to the ongoing legal process in England, the club will not be making any further comment on the matter."
Calder is due to be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on December 4.
Magistrates heard he dropped her back at her car in the early hours of the morning, but became angry when she collided with the back of his vehicle after setting off.
They drove to a pub car park, where Calder, 22, left his car and proceeded to punch the woman several times through her vehicle’s open window, the court heard.
Calder, who is also a part-time rapper, then continued his assault by kicking and swinging a shoe at her after she left her car.
Samantha Morgan, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said after the case: "The assault has left the victim with significant injuries and as the defendant was known to the victim, identification was not an issue.
"The court did not accept that the defendant acted in self-defence due to the sustained attack evidenced by the CCTV.
"The clarity of the CCTV supported the CPS case which has resulted in a guilty verdict."
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