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Derbyshire football club responds to assault allegation

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Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that they are investigating an allegation that a Chesterfield Football Club player was involved in an incident that left another player with serious injuries. It followed the Spireites match at Oldham Athletic on Saturday which the North Derbyshire club won 2-0, at Boundary Park.

Earlier today, Oldham Athletic released a statement confirming that their players, Hallam Hope, had been attacked in the club car park following the game. Mr Hope, who used to play for Everton, was left with serious injuries and is expected to be out of action for “some weeks”.

According to police, it has since been alleged that a Chesterfield player was involved in the incident that left Mr Hope, 28, needing hospital treatment.

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In a statement on Monday, a Chesterfield spokesperson said: “Following an incident which took place after Saturday‚Äôs game at Oldham Athletic, we are aware of an allegation relating to an unnamed 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.”

Earlier on Monday, Oldham Athletic, who play in the National League, the same division as Chesterfield, issued a statement of their own, their spokesperson 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.

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

Derbyshire Live has contacted Greater Manchester Police regarding the incident, and they’ve confirmed they are investigating it.

A spokesperson for the force said: “At around 1.50pm on Sunday 4 September 2022, we received a report of an assault at Boundary Park on Saturday 3. An investigation is underway.”

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