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ASU rugby player who kicked UA opponent in face sentenced to one day in jail

The former ASU student was charged with aggravated assault

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ASU men’s rugby team in a scrum at the Intramural Fields at ASU’s Tempe campus on Sept. 29, 2017.

The former ASU student who kicked a UA rugby player in the face during a match last year was sentenced Tuesday to one day in jail and three years of probation. 

Christopher Crawford, who was not an ASU student at the time of the attack, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault during his sentencing in the Maricopa County Superior Court back in April.

Read more: ASU rugby player pleads guilty to aggravated assault

The assault, which took place during a February 2017 rugby match between ASU and UA club teams, involved Crawford kicking a kneeling UA player in the face while the player was tying his shoe. 

Doug Neary, the victim of the assault, received facial reconstruction surgery to repair several broken bones in his face. 

Crawford fled the scene that night, later turning himself in to the police. 

Since the the assault, Crawford’s subsequent trial hearings have received an unusual amount of attention from media outlets across the country. Publications from the the San Francisco Chronicle to The Washington Post have picked up the story.

Editor's note: This story was assembled with reference to coverage by the Associated Press

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