Former Dutch international player Quincy Promes was given an 18-month prison term on Monday for stabbing his cousin during a family gathering.
Due to his current residence in Russia, the 31-year-old forward for Spartak Moscow who pleaded not guilty was not present in court in Amsterdam for the sentencing.
The “disappointed” Promes would appeal, according to his attorney.
At the conclusion of a family birthday celebration in 2020, Promes stabbed his cousin in the leg in an argument about a stolen necklace, the court ruled.
Anyone found guilty of the crime would typically receive at least a year in prison, but Promes received a longer sentence because of his notoriety, it claimed.
“The court took into account that the suspect is a professional football player and well-known Dutchman, and therefore has an exemplary function,” the court said in a statement.
“The court also blames the suspect for not taking any responsibility for his act.”
Prosecutors, who had demanded a two-year sentence, last year dropped a charge of attempted murder against Promes.
“Our client has asked us to appeal,” his lawyer Robert Malewicz was quoted as saying by Dutch news agency ANP.
“We briefly discussed the verdict. He reacted disappointed. We will study the verdict carefully, but he has already asked us to appeal.”