Page last updated at 12:36 GMT, Thursday, 21 May 2009 13:36 UK

Footballer charged over 'fight'

The Priory and Belmont Street
There was an altercation in Belmont Street near The Priory

An Aberdeen footballer has been charged after being badly injured during an "altercation" while on a night out.

Midfielder Mark Kerr, 27, was with fellow players in the city on Tuesday night when there was an incident which spilled out onto the street.

A club spokesman said the player needed hospital treatment, and would miss Sunday's SPL game against Hibs.

The club said the player had been charged over the incident. Police are still investigating.

It is understood the incident happened near The Priory in Belmont Street.

'Main concern'

The AFC spokesman said: "Some of the players were out on a social evening ahead of their day off on Wednesday and there was an incident in a city centre club which spilled out on to the street.

"As a result, Mark received injuries which needed treatment in hospital and consequently he will miss Sunday's game against Hibs.

Aberdeen shirt
Aberdeen players were on a night out when the incident happened

"We are currently attempting to establish exactly what occurred although I can confirm Mark Kerr has been charged in connection with the incident."

He added: "If any of our players are found to have instigated any trouble, they will be dealt with severely.

"At the moment our main concern is that Mark makes a full and speedy recovery from the injuries sustained."

A Grampian Police spokesman said officers attended a disturbance in Belmont Street involving a number of men in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

He added that three men would be reported to the procurator fiscal fiscal in connection with the incident, and inquiries were continuing.

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