A former St Johnstone footballer attacked a rival colleague outside his own home after accusing him of stealing his “gig economy” jobs.
Greg Kerr, whose sister is a serving police officer, pounced on the fellow worker who had been sitting in his car.
The 24-year-old punched Stuart Gibson in the face during the incident in an Edinburgh street and tried to land more blows.
The court heard both men worked together at a removal firm and Kerr believed Stuart was taking work from him.
Kerr appeared at the city’s sheriff court on Thursday and admitted a charge of assault.
A striker, he was signed with St Johnstone between 2014 and 2016, and has also played for Whitehill Welfare and Leith Athletic in the East of Scotland League.
Kerr joined East of Scotland League team Penicuik AFC last year.
Fiscal depute Gavin Whyte said Stuart was waiting for his partner to arrive outside their Gilmerton home after losing his door key.
Mr Whyte said the victim was in his car when Kerr suddenly opened the driver’s door. The prosecutor added: “He grabbed (Stuart) through the open door of the vehicle with his left hand and punched him to the mouth with his right hand.
“The accused tried to hit him another couple of times but did not make contact.”
Mr Whyte said Stuart suffered a cut to his lip but didn’t require medical attention following the attack on November 5 2019.
Defence agent Steven Donald said Kerr was a first offender who had never been in trouble and whose sister is in the police.
Mr Donald added: “This was effectively a workplace dispute.”
He said Kerr and Stuart were employed by a removal company and it was a “gig economy-type thing” where workers were expected to “take turns” getting jobs.
The solicitor said: “This didn’t appear to suit Mr Gibson who was effectively taking work from other members of staff. Mr Kerr took exception to this.”
Regarding the assault, Mr Donald said: “Clearly he should not have done this.”
He said Kerr, of Penicuik, Midlothian, now works as a delivery driver.
Sheriff Donald Corke fined Kerr £480.