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Eddie Irvine sentenced to six months in jail after Milan nightclub brawl

But the F1 driver will not have to serve any of the sentence under Italian law.

Eddie Irvine at a charity fashion show in Monaco in May 2011.
Eddie Irvine at a charity fashion show in Monaco in May 2011.
Image: Antonio Calanni/AP/Press Association Images

EX-FORMULA ONE driver Eddie Irvine has been 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.

© AFP, 2014

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