Football club sends words of support to former player hurt in Benidorm accident
A Northern Ireland football team has rallied round in support of a club member hospitalised in Spain following an accident in Benidorm.
Alastair 'Ali' Weir, a former player for 4th Newtownabbey FC, is receiving treatment at a hospital in the port city of Alicante after he was hurt last week.
The nature and extent of his injuries is unclear, but family members have flown out to be by his side.
And his club in Newtownabbey urged friends to pass on their messages of support.
Describing him as a "greatly loved" member of the club since he was 17, Mr Weir's friends said he is "the most competitive person any of us have ever met", adding: "We know he will pull through." His concerned club posted an update on social media.
It read: "As most of you are probably now aware our long-standing club member and good friend Alastair Weir was involved in an accident last week in Benidorm.
"Ali is in hospital in Alicante and has some family members there by his side. We didn't want to put anything on social media before this until his family were all over to see him."
Some club members are due to fly out this weekend and will bring a card with supportive messages.
The statement said they knew Mr Weir would fight for his recovery.
It added: "Those who know Ali know how strong and competitive he is and we all know he will pull through this and will be telling us all the story in the not so distant future.
"Get well soon big man from everyone at the club."
The club was contacted yesterday but declined to comment further.
In 2008, Mr Weir was named the players' player of the year for the Newtownabbey second team and has remained a dedicated supporter of the club ever since.
Friends used social media to pass on their best wishes for his recovery.
Jamie Gordon said: "Couldn't ask to meet a nicer or better fella anywhere else.
"If there is anyone who will pull through this and come out stronger, it's him."