Police release image of a man who attacked a football fan at the Etihad stadium

It has been one year since a football fan was seriously attacked during a game at the Etihad where Manchester City were playing Celtic.

City v Celtic

Image from GMP

On Dec 6th last year the victim was watching the game with a friend at the stadium, towards the end if the game the offender, who was sat in front of seat 153, Row H, Block 206 and on isle 207 grabbed the man by his jacket before dragging him over the seat and throwing him to the floor.

The unprovoked attack resulted in the victim suffering a serious knee injury which he still needs treatment for now.

His friend gave chase to catch the offender at the time, however he managed to get away, since that night detectives have been carrying out extensive esquires and believe the attacker has link to or, or is from the Glasgow and Loch Lomond areas.

It is believed he purchased tickets earlier that same day from a man in O’Shea Bar on Princess Street in Central Manchester.

Officers are now releasing an image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with the assault.

Detective Constable Leanne Gibb from GMP’s City of Manchester team said: “If it is you, or you recognise this man, we urge you to contact police as soon as possible.

“The victim was merely minding his own business enjoying the match and was attacked for no reason, no one should be subjected to violence like this.

“I’m hoping someone recognises the man pictured or was there the night of the attack and can remember something, I would ask that you please call police.”

Anyone with any information should call police on 0161 856 1146 quoting crime reference number 017034S/17, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



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