Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'I Was Punched and Knocked Out'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'I Was Punched and Knocked Out'

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A MAN was left with a broken ankle after a brawl erupted at Castlefield Bowl during the screening of England's World Cup semi-final against Croatia.

Thomas Key, 24, needed surgery after he was knocked unconscious shortly after Croatia's first goal on Wednesday night.

The bartender, from Ashtonunder-Lyne, was among 8,000 football fans at the sold-out event.

Thomas was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary after he was punched twice in the face and knocked to the floor. He said he was hit after a group of men became 'very rowdy' following Croatia's 68th minute goal.

Security staff kicked the men out before police arrived. No arrests were made. Speaking to the M.E.N. from his hospital bed, Thomas said: "I just remember shortly after Croatia scored, seven of them started getting rowdy.

"There were a few girls in our group and I didn't want them to get involved so I stood in the way.

"I took a few punches to the face, my jaw is aching.

"I took one more and then I fell to the floor. …

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