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Irish rugby star beaten outside pub reveals horrific eye injury that cost him his career

Published 03/06/2014 | 21:58

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This image was posted Twitter by Sean Gleeson showing his eye injury. Photo: SeanGleese3
This image was posted Twitter by Sean Gleeson showing his eye injury. Photo: SeanGleese3

AN IRISH rugby player has posted horrific pictures on Twitter of the eye injury that has ended his career after he was attacked outside a pub.

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Rugby league star Sean Gleeson, who represented Ireland at the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, tweeted the message: “These are the injuries from assault #dogs #ruinedmylife”.

The images show him with blood on his face and a swollen right eye as he recovers in hospital.

The 26-year-old, who played with Hull Kingston Rovers, was assaulted by three men outside a pub in the English town of Wigan on March 2.

Doctors have warned Gleeson he cannot continue playing and his club says he has retired with immediate effect.

Nobody has been charged over the incident even though police released CCTV of the attack and appealed for information.

Two men were released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of assault while a third man was released without charge.

Gleeson, who played at wing, full-back and centre and scored 37 tries during his career, is originally from Wigan.

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