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King sacked and jailed for sexual assault

WIGAN chairman Dave Whelan last night vowed to sack Marlon King after the striker was jailed for 18 months for groping a woman and then breaking her nose.<br /><br />The 29-year-old forward was found guilty of sexual assault and actual bodily harm relating to the incident in a London nightclub in December 2008.<br /><br />King, who was on loan at Hull at the time of the attack, told the court that the 20-year-old student had wrongly identified him as her assailant.<br /><br />But the jury at Southwark Crown Court unanimously convicted the former Barnet, Gillingham, Nottingham Forest and Watford player.<br /><br />King, who was born in Dulwich and has 13 caps for Jamaica, was already out of favour at Wigan, who also loaned him out to Middlesbrough last season.<br /><br />But Whelan insisted there would now be no way back for King, with the club seeking to terminate his contract at the earliest opportunity.<br /><br />&ldquo;He is absolutely sacked &ndash; we will not tolerate football players who get sent to jail for 18 months,&rdquo; Whelan said. &ldquo;As far as we are concerned, he is finished with football at Wigan Athletic.&rdquo;<br /><br />King has been to prison before &ndash; in 2002 he served five months of a two-year sentence for handling a stolen car before he was released on appeal.<br /><br />The father-of-three was out celebrating scoring a goal for Hull and his wife falling pregnant on the night of the attack at the Soho Revue Bar. <br /><br />King punched the woman in the face, breaking her nose, when she pushed him away after he had groped her, the jury heard.<br /><br />His agent Tony Finnegan last night said King would appeal the judgment. Finnegan added: &ldquo;No one saw this coming in light of the evidence. He&rsquo;s very, very disappointed. I asked Marlon and he said &lsquo;I&rsquo;m not guilty, Tony &ndash; I didn&rsquo;t do it.&rsquo;&rdquo;