He becomes the highest-profile English footballer to be sent to prison since Joey Barton, the Newcastle United midfielder, was jailed for six months in May last year for beating a teenager in the street.
Marlon King, a Jamaican international and striker for Wigan Athletic, was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman and breaking her nose with a single powerful punch after she spurned his aggressive sexual advances.
Councillors insist they are merely following Government regulations and cannot allow adults to walk around playgrounds 'unchecked'.
Today, he will go to prison knowing that his professional football career is over at the highest-level.
Dave Whelan, the Wigan chairman, announced his sacking immediately after the verdict and he is unlikely to be employed as a footballer again in Britain.
Concerns were raised last night that other councils around the country are adopting similar policies amid confusion over Government rules and increasing hysteria over child protection.
It comes amid an escalating row over the Government's new anti-paedophile database, which will contain the names of more than 11million adults cleared to work with children and vulnerable adults.
As she was helped to her feet, blood poured from her shattered nose.