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Police in Greater Manchester are appealing for witnesses after a man with Asperger's Syndrome was allegedly slashed and beaten after he tried to act as a peacemaker during an altercation. He was injured after traveling to Bury for their home match with Carlisle at Gigg Lane.

"For all the wrong reasons, this young man will never forget his trip to Bury. What should have been an enjoyable afternoon ended in him being attacked with a knife by a hooligan. I will not use the phrase 'football fan' as the man responsible for this heinous attack is not a football fan, just a thug, and he gives genuine football fans a bad name. This young man was genuinely frightened when he saw another fan had been attacked with a bottle and was attempting to play peacemaker. Because of his Asperger's Syndrome and autism he naturally seeks to resolve any situation without fully realising any danger to himself but no-one could have anticipated the violence he would be subjected to. Such was the ferocity of this beating that he curled himself up into a ball while on the ground and thought he would be beaten to death. Luckily he was able to escape and when officers arrived seconds later a man was arrested. However, this is just the start of our inquiries and I would urge anyone who has information to come forward. In particular, I would urge genuine Bury FC fans who witnessed this assault to do the right thing. We have a young man who travelled from another city to Bury and ended up being brutally assaulted. Please search your conscience and come forward with any information you have."

– Detective Constable Phil Slater, Greater Manchester Police

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Football fan injured at Bury match

A young football fan with Asperger's Syndrome and autism was attacked with a knife as he tried to play peacemaker. The 20-year-old man from the Carlisle area, had travelled with his dad to watch his team play Bury at Gigg Lane on Saturday 24 January 2015. As they enjoyed a prematch drink in the Staff of Life pub a group of Carlisle fans came to the pub complaining that they'd been attacked by Bury supporters. When the the 20-year-old, whose natural instinct is to abhor violence and seek a peaceful solution, met the Bury fans to calm the situation down he was allegedly slashed with a knife and kicked on the ground. A 56-year-old man from the Bury area was arrested on suspicion of assault. He was later bailed until 17 February 2015 pending further inquiries.

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