A MAN has avoided prison after attacking another person at a Powerleague football centre.

Christopher Stead, 27, of Bagley Lane, in Farsley, Leeds pleaded guilty to assault of a person thereby occasioning them actual bodily harm at Leeds Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

He was given a 24-week jail sentence, suspended for 12 months for the offence, on the same day.

Stead attacked another man at Powerleague Leeds Central, in Wellington Bridge Street on January 12 this year.

He caused "serious physical injury", according to court records.

Powerleague is a chain that has outdoor 5 or 7-a-side football pitches and organised league facilities.

The magistrates deemed it appropriate to suspend Stead's custodial sentence on the ground that there is a "realistic prospect of rehabilitation and no previous convictions", according to court records.

Stead must also complete 100 hours unpaid work in the next year as part of the sentence.

He was ordered to pay £300 in compensation.