David Moyes ‘assault victim’ Josh Gillibrand felt ‘he was going to die’ during alleged wine bar attack

Moyes 'assault victim': I thought I was going to die
David Moyes was accused of assault (Picture: PA)

A man who accused David Moyes of assaulting him at a wine bar has said he felt like he ‘was going to die’ during the alleged attack.

Josh Gillibrand, 23, from Dutton, Lancashire, told police officers he was struck on the back of his head and fell to the floor, injuring his shoulder, after the former Manchester United manager hit him.

‘It was a total surprise. He grabbed me round the neck and struck me in the back of the head,’ he told the Sun newspaper.

‘I ended up face-down on the floor. I felt like I was going to die. There were tables flying everywhere and glass all over the place.’

Police were called to the upmarket Emporium wine bar in Clitheroe, Lancashire, at 10pm on Wednesday after a report of an assault.

James Gillibrand, David Moyes
James Gillibrand said he feared for his life Picture: Facebook)

Moyes was said to have pushed Mr Gillibrand following jibes about his performance at United.

Lancashire police said: ‘Inquiries are ongoing and we are speaking to a number of people to try to establish the circumstances.

‘There are a number of differing accounts which we need to work through to try to establish exactly what has happened. No-one has been arrested at this stage.’

Moyes’ brother Kenny, who is also his agent, told Metro last night: ‘We’ve got nothing to say on the matter. It doesn’t warrant it.’

Officers said the alleged victim did not need hospital treatment but friends claimed he went to Blackburn Royal Infirmary.

Moyes was fired by the defending Premier League champions just 10 months into his six-year contract.

His reign ended with United languishing in seventh place in the table.

23 May 2014 | 10:45 am – Source: metro.co.uk

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