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Footballer abuse case adjourned

By Staff Reporter

Published 15/07/2015

The case of a former Stoke City apprentice from Northern Ireland who alleges he was physically assaulted by a former player as the club turned a
The case of a former Stoke City apprentice from Northern Ireland who alleges he was physically assaulted by a former player as the club turned a "blind eye" has been adjourned

The case of a former Stoke City apprentice from Northern Ireland who alleges he was physically assaulted by a former player as the club turned a "blind eye" has been adjourned.

Warehouse supervisor George Blackstock (44) is claiming damages against the club and former goalkeeper Peter Fox, alleging he was twice subjected to 'The Glove' during the 1980s.

Mr Blackstock said the alleged abuse involved Mr Fox - who later signed for Linfield - using the finger of a goalkeeping glove smeared in Deep Heat.

The then apprentice midfielder from Belfast told Preston County Court the two alleged assaults between 1986 and 1988 occurred while he was held down by up to three other first team players.

Yesterday the court heard that new evidence had come to light which could potentially contradict a statement given by Mr Fox, who denies assault.

The court was told that after reading about the case last week, a man in his 70s wrote to Mr Blackstock's barrister saying he remembers a radio interview in which Mr Fox said something relevant to the case.

Judge Philip Butler adjourned the case until Thursday.

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