A footballer has been given an 18-month conditional discharge after being found guilty of assaulting a police officer.
Wayne Thomas, who now plays for Burnley, lightly pushed Sergeant John D'Arcy as the officer ushered him into the tunnel at the end of his former club Stoke City's match at Millwall on February 19 last year.
The 26-year-old, of London Road, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, had denied assaulting the Metropolitan Police officer in the execution of his duty - claiming he only pulled his arm away from him - but admitted he may have sworn at him.
He earlier told Bexley Magistrates Court: "I may have said, 'get your f****** hands off me', or 'get your hands off me'."
The defender, who wore a black suit and tie and white shirt, looked composed as District Judge Anthony Woodcock passed sentence.
The south east London court earlier heard claims that Thomas gesticulated from the dugout at opposing fans with his middle finger raised.
The defendant had denied this, saying that when one of them shouted a sexual insult about his mother, he responded by holding up his hands in a one and a zero to show the score.
Although the judge previously ordered a charge of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, to be dismissed, he said he accepted there had been "interaction" between the crowd and Thomas. He also said that Thomas's chanting of "Easy" - which the player said he did during friendly banter with a young boy - or of the score would have been a "very silly thing to do".
He said he rejected the defendant's account that he "simply released his arm from what he perceived to be an unfair and unwarranted holding of his arm by Mr D'Arcy".
He added: "At the end of the day you are a professional man. The police, even when you are goaded, are entitled to expect better behaviour."
He said he took into account Thomas's "unblemished character" and handed him a 18-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £400 prosecution costs within 28 days. Sgt D'Arcy made no claim for compensation.