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Former Leeds footballer Gary McAllister assaulted

Gary McAllister former Leeds midfielder and manager Credit: Press Association

An investigation has been launched after an attack on former footballer Gary McAllister in Leeds.

Police say they are looking into reports that the ex-Leeds United player and manager needed hospital treatment after being punched in the face outside a bar on Call Lane.

It was reported that McAllister was waiting for a taxi with his wife when the attack happened.

Call Lane in Leeds is a popular location for an evening out Credit: Google Street View

Detective Inspector James Entwistle, of Leeds District CID, said:

We are investigating an assault that occurred in Call Lane in Leeds city centre at about 4am yesterday.

The initial report was that a man, aged in his fifties, was stood outside a bar when a man approached him and punched him in the face causing injuries that required hospital treatment.

We are currently arranging to speak to the victim to take fuller details of the incident and will be progressing the investigation to identify the person responsible.”

– West Yorkshire Police

McAllister played in Leeds from 1990 to 1996, a period which saw them become champions of the former First Division in 1992.

He captained the team for two seasons before a move to Coventry City.

The former midfielder played for Liverpool, and took up the post of assistant manager at Rangers last year alongside former teammate Steven Gerrard.

The 54-year-old has 57 caps for Scotland and captained the team to the Euro 96 finals.

Gary McAllister was Leeds United manager as well as player Credit: Press Association

Fans from across the UK took to social media to send messages of support to McAllister following the attack.

Ross Lafferty wrote on Twitter: "All the best to Gary McAllister after this shocking attack.

"One of the most likeable men in football and a Leeds legend as well. Baffled as to why this would happen but particularly in the city he and his family made home."

Another tweet said: "Hope Gary McAllister is okay and hope CCTV identifies these vile individuals who attacked him #LeedsLegend."

West Yorkshire Police have asked that anyone who witnessed the attack in Leeds, or who has any information that could help the investigation, to contact Leeds CID quoting crime reference number 13190152147