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Last Updated: Monday, 25 July, 2005, 13:41 GMT 14:41 UK
Bulgaria bar attack case resumes
Michael Shields
Michael Shields has denied carrying out the attack
The trial of a Liverpool football fan for attempted murder in Bulgaria is going ahead, despite claims by another man that he carried out the attack.

Michael Shields, 18, of Wavertree, last week went on trial accused of attacking a barman with a brick.

A solicitor for Graham Sankey, 20, of Anfield, has said he has admitted responsibility for the attack.

On Monday, Mr Shields' trial resumed. It is believed the court is waiting for documents proving Mr Sankey's claim.

Barman Martin Georgiev, 25, suffered a fractured skull and may have brain damage after being hit on the head with a brick.

Martin Georgiev
Martin Georgiev's skull was fractured in the attack

Mr Shields was one of many Liverpool supporters holidaying at the Golden Sands resort after watching their team beat AC Milan in the Champions League Final in Istanbul in May.

He has always denied the charge, saying he was asleep in bed when the alleged incident took place in the early hours of 30 May.

Another fan, Anthony Wilson, 19, from Edge Hill, Liverpool, denies charges of hooliganism and possessing drugs.

In Liverpool, there has been a campaign for Mr Shield's freedom with banners on the street where he lives proclaiming his innocence.

Liverpool Riverside MP Louise Ellman has called for the trial to be halted.

The Bulgarian court was due to announce its verdict later on Monday or on Tuesday, after hearing final pleas by prosecutors and defence lawyers.


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