THE woman who was mown down by Terry Yorath says she hopes his sentence will make him more aware of the dangers of drinking and driving.
As the Huddersfield Town assistant manager narrowly escaped jail, petite Raziya Aslam said: "He should be counting his blessings. He walks away with his life intact.
"This will affect me for ever."
The 27-year-old now suffers from constant headaches and crippling pain in her legs after being hit by Yorath's powerful X-type Jaguar.
Raziya, 27, who lives with her parents in the Chapel Allerton area of Leeds, was left bleeding on a central reservation after being catapulted through the air like a rag doll.
She suffered a broken pelvis and head injuries when Yorath, who was three times over the drink-drive limit, mounted the pavement and ploughed into her.
Yesterday former Wales international coach Yorath, 54, was given a 12-month community rehabilitation order - including 60 hours of community punishment - and a £500 fine.
He was also banned from driving for 30 months.
Speaking after the sentence hearing at Leeds Magistrates' Court, call centre worker Raziya said: "I hope his punishment will make him aware of the consequences of what he has done.
"Maybe he should have been sent to jail, but I was happy for the court to decide. I just hope the sentence is enough to make him realise the severity of what he did.
"I realise he has also been punished, because his court case was a very public one. He is not only judged by me, but by almost everyone in the country."
Raziya, who was left paralysed in a hospital bed for a week, only leaves the family home to go to hospital appointments or for short trips to the supermarket.
Two months after the accident, she is still on strong painkillers and still walks with a limp, although she has recently been able to stop using her crutches. She eventually hopes to go back to work.
Raziya said she was pleased with the sentence, although she had expected him to be banned for longer than 30 months.
She added: "Drink-driving makes him a threat to himself and to the public. The important thing is that he doesn't do this to anyone else.
"I think jail would have had greater weight to stop him from doing it again. I know he has had problems - but that is no excuse for what he did.
"I just hope he manages to change for the better," said Raziya.
Yorath had a distinguished playing career, captaining his country and winning 59 caps. He was part of the formidable Leeds United side of the 1970s, winning the old First Division in 1974.
He coached Wales from 1988 to 1993 and led them to within a whisker of qualification for the 1994 World Cup.
Huddersfield Town said in a short statement: "The matter has been dealt with in the courts and by Terry's legal team.
"Terry is a big part of Huddersfield Town Football Club and he will continue to be so in his role as assistant manager to Peter Jackson."