Police probe footballer over opponent's serious injuries from vicious car park assault

Oldham Athletic's Hallam Hope was hospitalised with serious injuries at the weekend following a vicious assault in the club car park - with police now probing a rival player

Posted Tuesday, September 06, 2022 by Dailystar.co.uk

Police probe footballer over opponent's serious injuries from vicious car park assault
Hallam Hope of Oldham Athletic was taken to hospital after the attack

A Chesterfield player is being investigated by police after Oldham Athletic's Hallam Hope was taken to hospital with a 'serious injury' following an attack outside the Latics' stadium.

Oldham have provided CCTV footage to the police of the incident, which took place in the staff car park of their Boundary Park stadium on Sunday September 4.

The attack took place after Oldham's 2-0 defeat at home against Vanarama League rivals Chesterfield - with the club predicting that Hallam will miss 'some weeks' of action.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: "At around 1.50pm on Sunday 4 September 2022, we received a report of an assault at Boundary Park on Saturday 3rd. An investigation is underway."

A Chesterfield player has since been alleged as Hope's attacker, with the club responding in a statement: "Following an incident which took place after Saturday’s game at Oldham Athletic, we are aware of an allegation relating to an un-named Chesterfield player.

"We are assisting Greater Manchester Police with their enquiries. As this is an ongoing investigation, no further comment will be made at this stage."

Hope, 28, came through the youth academy at Everton and had loan spells at four different clubs before joining Bury in 2015, signing for Oldham last year.

He also represented England at four different youth age groups before playing for the Barbados national side - for whom he has scored four goals.

The full Oldham statement reads: "Oldham Athletic is sorry to have to report that our player, Hallam Hope, was the victim of a vicious assault on Saturday evening.

"The assault took place in the staff car park following the game against Chesterfield.

"Hallam sustained serious injuries which required hospital treatment and he will be out of action for some weeks.

"The matter has been reported to the Police and we have provided CCTV footage in relation to the incident. Whilst the investigation is continuing Oldham Athletic will make no further comment on the incident.

"The club is supporting Hallam and will continue to do so. We wish him a speedy recovery from a dreadful experience."



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