Former Newcastle and Manchester United defender Danny Simpson has been told he is likely to be jailed after being found guilty of assault.

The now Leicester player was arrested by police after they responded to a 999 call and discovered Simpson strangling the mother of his child.

The defender was found guilty today and will return on June 29 for sentencing after reports, the judge warning him:

“All options remain open, including custody.”

The court was told that Danny Simpson had spent Xmas with former girlfriend Stephanie Ward and their daughter, despite splitting from her months earlier.

After a night out the pair had rowed after he was supposedly texting another woman, Police receiving a 999 call around 1.30am on December 29 from Ms Ward in which she could be heard sobbing and screaming. The eight minute telephone call was played to the court.

When the police arrived, officers heard a woman’s screams which then changed to the sound of somebody gasping for breath, when the officers entered the living room they found Danny Simpson ‘straddling her with his hands firmly around her throat’.

The judge dismissed his explanation of what had happened as ‘unworthy of belief’ and summing up, District Judge Alexandra Simmons said:

“This is a serious matter aggravated by the fact it was in a domestic setting.

“In my view, throttling or strangling someone is akin to using a weapon.”