A former Premier League striker and BBC radio pundit called a woman a “f***ing slag” when she rejected him — and bit off her husband’s ear, a court heard. Ex-Watford star Allan Smart, 42, lunged at Ricky Power, 51, on a drunken night out.

He had tried to kiss his girlfriend’s best friend Lisa Power, 41, and bit off her husband’s right ear lobe after she pushed him away. The victim received hospital treatment to have his ear glued back in place, has a permanent physical disfigurement and is having counselling to deal with the trauma.

Dad-of-four Smart, of Oxford, was handed a two-year suspended sentence at Swindon crown court after admitting wounding with intent to cause GBH last April. The judge said it was a “vicious and gruesome” assault, adding that Smart has a “drink problem”.