A former Moseley rugby player left blinded in one eye after an opponent punched him has won his legal bid for damages.
Stuart McKinnon lost the use of his right eye in the on-field attack seven years ago, ending his dream of becoming a professional coach. He was forced to retire from the game and has since undergone six operations to relieve pressure from the damaged socket.
The former front-row won his claim against Coventry RFC and one of their players, Mark Ellis, in a personal injury case that centred on a friendly match between the clubs' second XVs in September 2001.
Coventry County Court found in favour of Mr McKinnon, 39, from Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, and will now decide what level of damages are to be awarded.
Mr Ellis admitted to throwing the punch that blinded the Moseley star, and accepted liability for his injuries.
Initially a Rugby Football Union Disciplinary Panel had found his teammate, Trevor Revan, guilty of the attack, but Ellis came forward to confess to the assault after a police investigation.
The owners of Coventry RFC, which is currently in administration, contested the claim and are now locked in a legal battle with former owner, Keith Fairbrother.
Martin Guest, of Excalibur Solicitors, who represented Mr McKinnon, said: “We are delighted that he has finally been able to get justice for the horrific injuries he received.”