Danish international midfielder Stig Tofting faces a four month jail term after being advised by his lawyer not to appeal against his conviction for assault.
The 33-year-old was convicted of assaulting a Copenhagen cafe manager during a night out with fellow internationals following his return from the 2002 World Cup finals.
Tofting’s club Bolton suspended the player last October pending the result of an appeal.
Tofting returned to Denmark last month after being given permission by the club’s manager Samm Allardyce to leave as his wife had just given birth to a boy
“He (Allardyce) made it clear that three or four other players stood before me in the peckingorder, so I thought it was a good idea,” said Toftingwhen he returned to Denmark.
“Allardyce thought I should go home and get a hold on things so that I would be ready for the trial. I agreed as I have only seen my newborn kid for three days.”