A professional footballer has been cleared of smashing a bouncer over the head with a whisky bottle during a night out, causing him to bleed profusely.

Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Rohan Ince was unanimously found not guilty of wounding with intent at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday.

Gregor Jurcic, 27, was attacked outside Atik nightclub in Windsor on Christmas Day in 2015 while he was trying to disperse revellers with police. He required seven metal staples in his head.

Ince, 24, was arrested at the scene but always denied the offence claiming it was a case of mistaken identity.

Mr Jurcic’s blood was found on Mr Ince’s bomber jacket. But a forensics expert cast doubt that this happened during the attack and was more likely when a bleeding Mr Jurcic approached Mr Ince while he was being restrained on the ground.