Former Latics striker avoids jail

Former Latics striker Marcus Bent and his partner arrive at Guildford Magistrates' Court, Surrey, where he faces a potential jail sentence

Former Latics striker Marcus Bent and his partner arrive at Guildford Magistrates' Court, Surrey, where he faces a potential jail sentence

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FORMER Wigan Athletic striker Marcus Bent has avoided jail after admitting to affray and possession of cocaine.

The 37-year-old, who pleaded guilty to the two offences following an incident at his Surrey home on September 13, 2015, was given a 12 month jail sentence, suspended for two years.

Bent, who played for Wigan during the 2007-08 season, was reportedly tasered by police.

Nine months of his suspended sentence was for affray and three months was for possession of cocaine,