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Oldham Athletic player Hallam Hope attacked in car park after match

Oldham Athletic player Hallam Hope attacked in car park after match

Police have confirmed they've opened an investigation into claims that Hope was attacked by a Chesterfield player.

Police have opened up an investigation, following allegations that Oldham Athletic star Hallam Hope was attacked by an opposition player, following their game on Saturday.

Oldham, who last season became the first club to be relegated to the National League having played in the Premier League, faced Chesterfield on the weekend, with the Spireites beating the hosts 2-0.

After the match Oldham striker Hope was the victim of a 'vicious assault,' in the car park at Boundary Park, according to a statement by the club.

"Oldham Athletic is sorry to have to report that our player, Hallam Hope, was the victim of a vicious assault on Saturday evening," a statement on their website said.

"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."

Hope playing against Chesterfield. Image: Alamy
Hope playing against Chesterfield. Image: Alamy

According to the Daily Mail, it has been alleged that the 28-year-old's attacker was actually one of Chesterfield's players, with the police made aware of the claim.

The club from Derbyshire have put out their own statement on the matter, saying, "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," they said on their website.

"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 played for England youth teams up to the under 19s. Image: Alamy
Hope played for England youth teams up to the under 19s. Image: Alamy

Former Bury star Hope, who initially came through Everton's youth system, joined Oldham at the beginning of last season, initially on a one year contract.

He scored five goals in League Two but it wasn't enough to keep Oldham in the league, he has already bagged three goals in seven appearances in non league football in the current campaign.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Non-League, Football