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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 March, 2005, 10:16 GMT
Footballer injured in city attack
Stuart Holden
Mr Holden's eye socket was fractured in three places
A North East footballer has been attacked on Tyneside leaving him with serious facial injuries.

American Stuart Holden, who plays for Sunderland FC, suffered a fractured cheekbone in the unprovoked assault in Newcastle city centre.

It happened in the early hours of Saturday 12 March opposite the Gate complex on Newgate Street.

Mr Holden was with his brother and a friend when a group of four men approached, and one punched him.

Prior to the attack, police say Mr Holden's group was verbally abused by the men.

All four are thought to be in their early 20s. The man who threw the punch is described as about 5ft 8in tall, of medium build and wearing a black long-sleeved top with white markings on the front.

Police do not think the attack was related to Mr Holden's association with Sunderland FC.


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