Oldham Athletic announce midfielder Hallam Hope is seriously injured and hospitalised after a ‘vicious attack’ in a car park at their stadium, after their 2-0 home defeat by Chesterfield, as police hunt for a suspect on CCTV
- Club announced midfielder was seriously injured after assault on Saturday
- Police are hunting for the suspect via CCTV as Hallam Hope will be out for weeks
- Midfielder required hospital treatment after the ‘vicious’ attack in staff carpark
Oldham Athletic have announced that midfielder Hallam Hope was left hospitalised after a ‘vicious attack’ in the staff carpark following Saturday’s defeat to Chesterfield.
The club lost 2-0 to the National League leaders. It has not been made clear whether or not the attack was related to the result.
Releasing a statement on Monday, the club said: ‘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.
Hallam Hope was hospitalised after being the victim of a ‘vicious assault’ on Saturday evening
‘The club is supporting Hallam and will continue to do so. We wish him a speedy recovery from a dreadful experience.’
Hope played the entire 90 minutes at Boundary Park as goals from Joe Quigley and Jeff King gave Chesterfield a deserved victory.
Oldham have experienced an extremely turbulent recent past, becoming the first ever side to have played in the Premier League to be relegated out of the Football League altogether last season.
The club was sold this summer to local businessman Frank Rothwell, bringing an end to the controversial tenure of Abdallah Lemsagam.
The Latics have endured something of a difficult start to their campaign, losing three times – including two consecutive defeats – to leave them 14th in the league already some nine points off the pace.
The midfielder was attacked after the club’s 2-0 defeat to Chesterfield at Boundary Park
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