A Championship footballer has escaped jail over a "despicable" drunken assault on two women paramedics.
Adam Hammill, 24, who is on loan to Huddersfield Town from Wolverhampton Wanderers, was sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months at Liverpool Magistrates Court.
Hammill, 24, was arrested outside a bar in Liverpool during the early hours of October 7.
Paramedics were called after the former Liverpool FC youth player collapsed inside Moniques nightclub, on Mathew Street, and was carried outside by security staff where ambulance staff Sky Armstrong and Tracy Northey came to his assistance.
But when they attempted to put him in a wheelchair, he became aggressive, lashing out with his hands and spitting blood.
Hammill, who pleaded guilty to two counts of assault at an earlier hearing, also used foul language towards the women who called police to the scene, the court heard.
Lionel Cope, prosecuting, said Ms Northey was left with a bleeding nose after Hammill "threw his arms out and struck her". Ms Armstrong was left "shaken and angry" by what happened.
The footballer, of Hall Road East, Bootle, Merseyside, had been celebrating a friend's birthday and had consumed up to 15 pints of lager and several shots of vodka or Amaretto, Mr Cope said.
In his police interviews Hammill was apologetic and said he had been assaulted inside the nightclub and when he came to, he did not know where he was and thought he was still being attacked.
In mitigation, Phil Moy, defending, told the court the defendant was "distraught" about his behaviour. "The defendant has written to the North West Ambulance Service to express his deepest and sincerest apologies to the paramedics and their families," the solicitor said.