Irvine handed six-month jail sentence for club brawl

09 Jan 2014 19:16

Ex-Formula One driver Eddie Irvine was Thursday sentenced to six months in prison for brawling over a woman in an Italian nightclub.

The incident, for which Gabriele Moratti, the son of the then-Milan mayor, also received a six-month sentence, took place in December, 2008, when the two men came to blows at the city's Hollywood night spot, a court was told.

Irvine claimed Moratti struck him first while the Italian alleged the former F1 driver had smashed a glass in his face.

However, Irvine will not serve any of his sentence as in Italian law all sentences under two years are automatically suspended.

Irvine retired in 2002 after 10 years as an F1 racer, including a four-year spell at Italian team Ferrari.