Hallam Hope: Oldham player ‘seriously injured’ by ‘malicious assault’ outside Boundary Park | Football news
Police are investigating claims an unnamed Chesterfield player was involved in a “malicious attack” that left Oldham striker Hallam Hope with “serious injuries”.
Hope was attacked in the staff parking lot outside Boundary Park after Saturday’s Vanarama National League game between the two clubs.
The 28-year-old is hospitalized and will be out of action for “several weeks”.
Oldham reported the matter to Greater Manchester Police and provided CCTV footage of the attack.
Chesterfield later said they were aware of an allegation involving one of their players and the club were assisting with a police investigation.
“Oldham Athletic regrets to announce that our player, Hallam Hope, was the victim of a malicious attack on Saturday night,” read a statement from Oldham, published on Monday.
“Hallam has a serious injury that requires treatment at the hospital and he will be out for a few weeks.
“The club are supporting Hallam and will continue to do so. We wish him a speedy recovery from the terrifying experience.”
Hope played all 90 minutes of the weekend’s game, which his team lost 2-0.
A Chesterfield statement read: “Following an incident that occurred after Saturday’s game at Oldham Athletic, we are aware of an allegation involving an unnamed Chesterfield player.
“As this is an ongoing investigation, no further comment will be made at this stage.”
Barbados international Hope comes from Everton’s academy system and had long spells with Bury, Carlisle and Swindon before joining the Latics last summer.
The Manchester-born player has represented England at the under-19 level. “