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Ex F1 driver Irvine gets 6-month sentence for brawl

Gabriele Moratti, son of ex Milan mayor, also convicted

09 January, 17:24
Ex F1 driver Irvine gets 6-month sentence for brawl (ANSA) - Milan, January 9 - Former Formula One driver Eddie Irvine was sentenced to 6 months in jail on Thursday for his part in a 2008 bar brawl. Gabriele Moratti, son of then Milan mayor Letizia Moratti, was also handed down a six-month sentence in connection with the fight.

The Northern Irish former racing driver, now 48, and Moratti, 35, came to blows in the renowned 'Hollywood' disco in Milan in December 2008 allegedly over an text message sent by the former to a woman who had just broken off a relationship with the latter. They subsequently reported each other and ended up on trial for injury in a case that lasted nearly three years. The prosecution had asked the court to give the pair seven months in jail. The trial documents have now been sent to the Milan prosecutor's office for investigation into suspicion of false testimony by some witnesses in the case. Prison sentences in Italy do not usually come into effect until the appeals process has been exhausted and are usually suspended with such short terms. Irvine raced for Italian glamour team Ferrari in F1 from 1996 to 1999.