A VISITING football fan lies unconscious in the road after he was the victim of a savage attack as he made his way home from a Hartlepool United match.
The 40-year-old Brentford supporter was left bleeding and battered in the middle of a busy junction after he was knocked to the floor.
He was attacked just minutes after Hartlepool United’s final home game of the season at Victoria Park on Saturday night.
The fan was walking to the train station in Church Street when police say he was attacked for no reason at the Clarence Road crossing near Morrisons supermarket.
Fellow Brentford supporters and town firemen went to his aid while they waited for an ambulance to arrive.
A man has been arrested but police are appealing for any witnesses to contact them.
The victim suffered a cut to his head, and a chipped tooth and swelling to his jaw, which is thought to have happened when he hit the ground.
He was taken to hospital for treatment but was released soon afterwards and continued his journey home.
A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “The 40-year-old man was walking back to the train station with a small group of friends and was on Clarence Road just before 7.30pm on Saturday when he was approached from behind and knocked to the ground.
“The victim suffered a cut to his head which required stitching, damage to a tooth and swelling round his jaw.
“He was treated at the University Hospital of North Tees and released.
“Anyone who was in the area a the time or who has information on this incident is asked to contact Hartlepool Police.”
A 29-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of assault. He was quizzed by police about the incident before he was released on bail pending further inquiries.
Saturday’s match against the London side, which was televised on Sky Sports, ended in a 1-1 draw.
Anyone with information can contact Hartlepool Police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.