At last, got a link now on this story, judging from the comments of the site users, we're not the only ones who think this is an absolute disgrace. Hopefully, the boxing federation will show more common sense and public decency than the judge.
A Boxer who fractured a man's jaw and kicked another man 10 times has been given a second chance to pursue his Olympic dream.
Samir Mouneimne was told he avoided jail by the "skin of his teeth" after Hull Crown Court heard he might have a chance of going to the Beijing Olympics this year.
The 20-year-old featherweight boxer, ranked number two in the country, was found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm after breaking the jaw of a barman at Venue in George Street, city centre, on June 15 last year.
The bar is owned by the amateur boxer's father.
He also admitted taking part in a violent attack with three of his friends in which he kicked a man to his head and body 10 times, punched him and stamped on him. This attack happened in George Street, two days after the first assault.
Mouneimne's coach Michael Bromby, who is also a Great Britain and England coach, told the court if the boxer, of Spring Grove, west Hull, was spared jail he might make it to the games in China, with the final selection still being decided.
He said: "If he goes to prison his Great Britain career and the Olympics is over.
"He has been training with vigour, he has put everything into it. He is as good as any of the champions I have trained. I have seen him develop as an athlete and just before these incidents he reached the national finals and boxed for England against Sweden."
The court was shown CCTV footage of the violence committed by Mouneimne and his friends, Liam Casey, 20, of Bricknell Avenue, west Hull; Mark O'Connor, 19, of Grangeside Avenue, west Hull; and Daniel Fairburn, 19, of Hackforth Walk, west Hull.
It showed them all kicking, punching and stamping on a man until he was unconscious. They even attacked a man who came to his aid.
Recorder Julian Goose QC said: "It was violent disorder of a very serious kind. This is a case where a custodial sentence is absolutely justified.
"I have thought long and hard whether to suspend it or not. But I take into account your age and that you have not in the past been involved in anything like this.
"It is possible, but only just by the skin of your teeth, for me to hold back from custody."
Mouneimne's barrister Richard Woolfall told the court he had suffered racial abuse from the man he and his friends attacked for the past two years.
He said that on the night of the incident Mouneimne had seen the man assaulting one of his friends and had come to his aid.
Two nights before, in the incident at his father's bar, Mouneimne swung at barman Michael Buntin four times after becoming angry that he was thrown out after helping to eject some troublemakers.
Mouneimne had become angry with Mr Buntin because his father had sacked him from working at the bar after hearing about the incident.
Mr Buntin, who suffered a broken jaw in the attack, told the court: "He grabbed hold of my wrists. He was shouting, 'I have lost my job. I am going to kill you.' I told him, 'Just forget about it, go home, leave it.'
"Without warning he threw four punches at me, two of them hit me. I had my arms full of glasses, which dropped to the floor.
"The first punch landed on the left side of my jaw. The second hit around my temple area. Luckily, the others missed. I was crying with the pain."
Mouneimne was given a 12-month sentence suspended for two years and was ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work in the community. He was also given a curfew.
He was ordered to pay Mr Buntin £750 in compensation.
Casey, O'Connor and Fairburn were given nine-month prison sentences suspended for two years, ordered to undertake 250 hours of unpaid work in the community and given curfews for five months.
Eric Hoyland, secretary of the Yorkshire division of the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE), said: "It's the last thing in the world we want. Boxers know they cannot behave like this.
"Anybody who strays away from what's regarded as proper behaviour will be dealt with.
"The disciplinary panel will meet and he will come before them, and they will decide what's appropriate."
He said the panel has the power to suspend ABAE registered boxers from bouts.
He said if suspended, Mouneimne would be unable to compete in the Olympics.
Detective Constable Darren Rose said: "These individuals behaved extremely violently in full view of other members of the public. Detectives will not tolerate this type of behaviour."