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Top Rugby Player May Lose Eye In Street Attack
Police have released CCTV images of three men they want to speak to over an attack on a Super League rugby player who may now lose an eye.
Sean Gleeson was punched in the face a number of times outside a nightclub in Wigan, Greater Manchester, around 4am on Sunday.
Following a row with three men, Gleeson was involved in a fight with one of them near Ibiza Bar in King Street, police said.
The others joined in before they left the Hull KR centre in the road and ran away.
He suffered serious injuries to his eye and eye socket and was taken to hospital where he is still being treated.
Wigan-born Gleeson, 26, signed for Hull KR last year but has had a string of injury problems.
He previously played for Salford City Reds, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Widnes Vikings and Wigan Warriors. He has represented Ireland at international level.
Detective Chief Inspector Howard Millington, from Greater Manchester Police, said: "We are now in a position to release images of three people we are very keen to speak to.
"If you recognise these men I would urge you to get in contact. A young man has been left with serious, potentially life changing, injuries as he could lose his eye.
"Imagine if this was your son, brother, cousin, or close friend who was ill in hospital, you would want answers.
"In addition, if anyone was there that night and saw the assault or if you know something that might be relevant to our investigation I would urge them to get in contact with police.
"You might not have seen the actual attack but you may have seen a group of white men running away. I would urge anyone who thinks they may know who is responsible to come forward and speak to us."
Anyone with information should call Wigan police on 0161 856 7259 / 7967 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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