A court's heard the death of Chesterfield, Alfreton Town and Matlock Town footballer Jordan Sinnott was 'about as senseless, avoidable and devasting as it was possible to be.'
A man has gone on trial accused of killing the midfielder after he was punched during a night out in Retford in January.
Jordan died in hospital after suffering a fractured skull and brain damage.
Cameron Matthews, 21, of Denman Close in Retford has already pleaded guilty to manslaughter - admitting he was the one who threw the fatal punch.
But today his friend Kai Denovan, 22, of Collins Walk in Retford has gone on trial also accused of manslaughter - with the prosecution saying he also punched Jordan twice in the face, and was 'hell-bent on trouble'.
Nottingham Crown court heard it all started when Jordan agreed with a joke about Denovan being 'fat and ginger' which made him 'fly into a rage'.
Denovan denies manslaughter, affray and assault.