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Young footballer fights for life after 'street attack'

John Black, 20, was found unconscious and bleeding from the head in Dundee.

A former Dundee FC youth footballer is fighting for his life after being found unconscious and bleeding from the head following an alleged street attack.

John Black, 20, was taken to Ninewells Hospital in a critical condition following the alleged assault at about 2.30am on Sunday on Old Hawkhill Road in Dundee.

The midfielder, who left the club last year, is said to be on a life support machine.

A social media post on a Dundee FC fans page said: "I am sure all the Dundee fans send their thoughts and prayers to former Dundee youngster John Black, who is on a life support machine.

"Fans across the world are thinking of you buddy."

Robert Chambers, 23, was arrested over the incident and charged in court with assault to severe injury and danger of life.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh0zCuBEii0 | youtube

Chambers, of Dundee, made no plea or declaration during the private hearing at Dundee Sheriff Court and was committed for further examination.

He was released on bail and is expected to appear in court at a later date.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "A 20-year-old man remains in a serious condition in hospital and enquiries are continuing."

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "We received a call at 2.32am to attend an incident at Old Hawkhill in Dundee.

"We dispatched an ambulance to the scene and one male patient was taken to Ninewells Hospital."

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