I said I would update after cowardly assault by Liverpool fan last Saturday – Here goes
Well, I promised you all an update following the attack by the cowardly scouse rascal last Saturday (‘My night started with cowardly punch from Liverpool fan then late knockout from the team’) so here it is!
First of all, I have to say that Northumbria Police and NUFC were very quick to assist, the Police rang me Monday morning, whilst as soon as I emailed Steve Storey head of security at NUFC he acted swiftly.
For those who did not read the article (ED: Read it HERE) on Sunday, just a brief outline. Walking under the Leazes End prior to the match on Saturday a Scouse numpty waited until I walked past before planting a solid right hander on my jaw, and because I was raging so much, the Police initially pinned me and threatened me, but as soon as I calmed down and things were clarified I was able to move on – still very much raging!
By Monday it was fairly clear that the punch had caused more damage than initially thought, given the bruising and swelling. Eventually I sought medical advice and an X ray proved inconclusive due to the size of the aforementioned swelling and severe bruising, suffice to say the diagnosis is a suspected hairline fracture of my jaw bone – ouch. Which will mend itself in coming weeks providing I don’t get hit again – are you reading this Leazes? I notice you are back (ED: In the comments section) and I know you don’t like me but please don’t take advantage of a poor injured soul!
Anyway, I digress. The police contacted me and liaised with NUFC with a view to looking at the CCTV in the area, there is plenty of it. Steve Storey of NUFC also looked at it in advance and their findings are being shared with the Merseyside Police, however, unfortunately the incident took place just out of shot of the CCTV coverage, which is unlucky for me. The CCTV shows me walking under the Leazes End and as I exit the view, a group come into view, showing obvious signs of having just punched someone!
Did I provoke the situation? Absolutely not, my only memory is walking where I needed to be toward a group of 4 or 5 coming the other way – it would seem that one of them did not like the way I looked at him!
This makes it difficult to push for any arrest and prosecution simply because there is no solid evidence other than my injury, but it is obvious to all who had done what, brave boys indeed. Merseyside Police will no doubt have further input and after doing my own investigations it would seem that this bunch may be a part of a known risk group. I heard other tales of a similar sized group involved in mischief a few moments earlier close by. I also learned of a group of Liverpool fans getting, for want of a better word, absolutely pasted, somewhere near the Centre for Life. I can only hope it was them!
So what happens now? Probably nothing, but Northumbria Police will update as it is classed as a crime, and as I mentioned above, I have to give credit where it is due for the speed that both they and NUFC acted, hopefully the miscreants will be captured for their other misdemeanours.
As for me, I move on. I have been close to football violence so many times since the 70s and led a charmed life I guess, so my luck ran out.
Will it stop me going?
Am I scared to leave the House?
Will I use the same route next season?
Nothing will change. If Mike Ashley can’t stop me going then a scumbag scouser certainly won’t!
As for the Champions League, I have no interest so I’m indifferent to it, just like any international tournament that might be going on in the summer.
For me, only one thing counts, Rafa, the man who is doing amazing things against all the odds, give him the real tools and who knows where it could go? I will chill once I know he is staying, I’m about 80% confident he will!
Once the season ends the only thing I look forward to is away pre-season friendlies and the fixture list, although I will cast an extra eye to see when we play Liverpool.
I will attend in a crash helmet, those lovable little rogues…
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