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Former Ferrari, Jaguar and Jordan driver Eddie Irvine has been sentenced to six months in prison by an Italian court.
Irvine was involved in a nightclub altercation in Milan way back in 2008. His opponent in the scuffle, Gabriele Moratti (a wealthy son of even wealthier politicians), was also found guilty and sentenced.
Irvine said, per the Telegraph:
I arrived around midnight and sat at a table in the VIP room. I drank a vodka with lemon and while I was talking with (a woman) on the sofa, Moratti hit me with two or three punches. He hit me from behind. I lost my balance and I fell to the floor. Someone tried to restrain Moratti.
Meanwhile, Moratti claimed Irvine hit him with a glass.
Fans of the renowned playboy won't be surprised to learn that witnesses claimed the two clashed over a woman. But Moratti's lawyer dismissed the suggestion, telling Reuters (h/t to the BBC):
Obviously it's easy for newspapers to say they fought because of jealousy over a woman, that they were two men who were rivals for her. It's a nice story. But in reality that's not the case.
Whatever the cause, Eddie shouldn't worry too much. The Italian legal system is notoriously slow-moving, and only one in five people given a custodial sentence ever go to jail, according to Just Landed.
The Telegraph states that an appeal will almost certainly push the case beyond the time limit (statute of limitations), rendering the conviction and sentence void.