Stoke City academy player, 15, may never play again after he’s blinded in one eye in mass brawl outside pub as two men arrested


A 15-YEAR-OLD Stoke City academy player has been seriously injured outside a Shropshire pub.

The teenager suffered “life-changing” injuries to one eye.

Cops have now arrested two men aged 32 and 37.

The player, who had been offered a full-time scholarship, was treated in hospital and has since been released.

He is now waiting to see if he has lost all sight in the damaged eye.

Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Andrew Dawson from West Mercia Police said: “This was large-scale violent disorder in a residential area and would have undoubtedly been shocking for anyone who witnessed it.

“We are therefore working hard to identify all those involved in this incident that has left a 15-year-old boy with life changing injuries.

“While investigations are ongoing, I know that there has been some speculation on social media. I would urge anyone who believes they have information that could help with our investigation to please get in touch, rather than commenting or sharing information over social media as this is not helpful to our investigation, particularly while in its early stages.

“Over the coming days, officers will continue to provide reassurance patrols and speak to people in the area.”

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has dashcam footage of the incident is asked to call West Mercia Police on 101 quoting incident number 785s of 27 July 2019.

Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.

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