A Clarets fan who attacked a bailiff over an unpaid fine given when his team played at Wembley has been jailed for 10 months.

Burnley Crown Court heard how Damien Park, 26, had produced a ‘vicious looking’ knife from his kitchen and brandished it before punching Lee Kendal in the face, leaving him with a bloody nose.

Park, who admitted affray, was said to have been asleep when the victim and a colleague came in through the door of his home.

He hit Mr Kendall with such force, his nose was now ‘bent over to the left.’ David Macro, prosecuting, said last October the two bailiffs went to Park’s house in Smith Street, Burnley, to execute a distress warrant from Hertfordshire magistrates for non payment of a fine. They had power of entry.

Park, a plumber with a criminal record including robbery, ran into the kitchen and returned brandishing a large knife.

Mr Macro said police arrived and arrested the defendant. He claimed he had awoken to find two men in his house and did not know who they were.

Andrew Marrs, for Park, said he did not think before he acted.

The barrister added: “His behaviour that day was appalling. He appreciates that.”