Row led to attack with a pool cue at Glassy Club, Green Lane Road, Leicester
A social club customer suffered a cut cheek needing five stitches after being struck in the face with a pool cue.
The unprovoked attack was carried out by Eamonn Connolly (48), after he downed 10 pints of beer and several shorts.
It happened at the Glassy Club, Green Lane Road, Leicester, on the night of Saturday October 20 last year.
Connolly, of Mornington Street, Leicester, admitted causing actual bodily harm.
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He was given a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, with one year's supervision and a requirement to attend a six-month alcohol treatment course.
Alan Murphy, prosecuting, said the defendant and victim knew each other.
Both attended the Glassy Club, also known as Club 87, where customers play cards, darts and pool.
Connolly earlier argued with somebody else about money owed to him.
The victim was not party to the discussion, but was suddenly confronted by Connolly, who said: "Come on, I'll have you."
The victim told him to calm down, but they ended up pushing and shoving before grappling on the floor.
The incident then appeared to end, but Connolly later beckoned the victim over and offered his hand, as if to make up.
Mr Murphy said: "As he went over to shake hands he was struck in the face, on his left cheek, by a pool cue brandished by the defendant.
Connolly, a self-employed plasterer, was ordered to pay £200 costs and a £100 victim surcharge.
Richard Holloway, mitigating, said: "Alcohol is the root and branch of it."