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23 September 2020 08:43

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Footballer who battered girlfriend with iron bar signs contract with new club

A FORMER Guiseley footballer who was jailed for domestic violence has signed a contract with a non-league club much to the fury of its fans. Reece Thompson, who was convicted of assault and grievous bodily harm in 2019, was taken on trial by Selby Town during pre-season earlier this year. "Since then a great deal of discussion has taken place within the club, and with Reece himself as to his actions, his sentence, and what comes next for him. They said: "With that sentence now served and with the ongoing work Reece carries out to understand and learn from his behaviour, we have come to the conclusion that it is not our place to continue to further punish Reece for his actions. "Further to this, we believe that being part of our club and being surrounded by the strong management team we have in place can further help Reece to overcome his past and to ensure that he learns from his actions and is able to fulfil a role within society.

One fan said he'd never watch the team he supported his entire life again, and urged the club to reconsider. Get the FREE Mirror Football newsletter by email with the day's key headlines and transfer news Sign up Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Non-league side Selby Town have come under fire after signing Reece Thompson following his release from prison. Selby Town, a semi-professional team who play in the Northern Counties East League Division One, the ninth tier of the pyramid, have now released a statement confirming they have signed Thompson following a trial. A club statement read: "During pre-season we trialled a player by the name of Reece Thompson. Following this trial we released a statement stating that Reece would not be joining our team on an ongoing basis.

"Since then a great deal of discussion has taken place within the club, and with Reece himself as to his actions, his sentence, and what comes next for him. "With that sentence now served and with the ongoing work Reece carries out to understand and learn from his behaviour, we have come to the conclusion that it is not our place to continue to further punish Reece for his actions, he has received his punishment and carried out his sentence, and with that in mind we believe that a second chance could and should be provided both in employment and in recreation. Footballer who beat woman with iron bar and forced her to eat paint joins Selby Town less than 18 months after being sentenced A football club has sparked controversy after announcing it would allow a convicted abuser to play for them less than 18 months after he was sentenced. Selby Town FC recently announced it would by trialling Thompson during its pre-season, saying that his sentence had been "served". The club said: "With that sentence now served and with the ongoing work Reece carries out to understand and learn from his behaviour, we have come to the conclusion that it is not our place to continue to further punish Reece for his actions, he has received his punishment and carried out his sentence, and with that in mind we believe that a second chance could and should be provided both in employment and in recreation. "Further to this, we believe that being part of our club and being surrounded by the strong management team we have in place can further help Reece to overcome his past and to ensure that he learns from his actions and is able to fulfil a role within society. Former Guiseley footballer Reece Thompson, who was sentenced in April last year to 40 months for grievous bodily harm of a woman