FORMER Chester City FC owner Stephen Vaughan has admitted fracturing a police officers cheek during a disturbance outside his Wirral home.
Businessman Vaughan was due to stand trial at Liverpool Crown Court, alongside his son Stephen Vaughan Jnr and Paul Garner, accused of the attack on PC Gregory Dutton.
But at the last minute the 49-year-old pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm on the officer.
PC Dutton suffered a broken right cheekbone and an injury close to his ear in the attack on Easter Sunday last year.
Anthony Barraclough, defending, told the court the businessman admitted causing both injuries to PC Duttons face.
The incident happened outside the home of the Vaughans in Thurstaston Road, Heswall. It came after the 28-year-old officer was called to the nearby Jug and Bottle hotel and restaurant to investigate a disturbance.
Following his guilty plea, his son Vaughan Jnr, and Garner, 29, admitted a lesser charge of threatening behaviour.
Vaughan Jnr, who turned 26 on Saturday, is a former captain of the now defunct Chester City, who he played for 80 times.
Trevor Parry-Jones, prosecuting, said the pleas were acceptable to the Crown.œ He said that Stephen Vaughan snr accepted the significant injury resulted from two punches to the face.
It would also be accepted that scuffling took place where they fell to the ground.
Judge David Fletcher adjourned sentencing on the trio until March 14 for a report to be prepared on Vaughan snr,who is also the former chairman of Widnes Vikings.
He and his son and Garner, formerly of Millfield Neston, but now of Aigburth Drive, Aigburth, were all remanded on bail.