Six years' jail for stabbing soccer star Calum Davenport

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A man was jailed for six years today for launching a knife attack on a Premier League footballer that nearly ended his career.

Worrell Whitehurst, 27, stabbed West Ham United player Calum Davenport repeatedly in the legs on August 22 last year.

Whitehurst attacked the former England Under-21 international after he insulted him during an argument with his sister Cara Davenport, Whitehurst's girlfriend.

Whitehurst previously admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Mr Davenport, as well as a charge of unlawfully wounding his mother Kim Stupple, who was caught up in the fight between the pair.

As he was jailed for six years at Luton Crown Court today, the 27-year-old motioned to tearful Cara Davenport - the mother of his child - to keep her chin up.