David Moyes 'scuffle' came after Manchester United jibe
Witnesses claim Moyes reacted after drinker made remark about his performance at the club
Published 23/05/2014 | 02:30
DAVID Moyes, the former Manchester United manager, is under investigation by police after allegedly pushing a man following remarks about his sacking outside a wine bar.
Moyes, 51, was having a drink with a friend at the Emporium Wine Bar in Clitheroe, Lancs, when there was a scuffle involving a 23-year-old man, named locally as Joshua Gillibrand.
The young builder told the Irish Sun newspaper that he asked David Moyes (51) “All right, what brings you to these parts?”
Moyes, who had reportedly been verbally abused by a group of drunks previous to this remark, lost his temper and retorted, “you f**cking what?”, it is claimed
Josh told The Sun: “It was a total surprise. He grabbed me round the neck and struck me in the back of the head.
“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”.
According to other witnesses, Mr Moyes, who was sacked as the Old Trafford boss last month, reacted after Mr Gillibrand “gave him some stick” about his poor record at the club.
One fellow drinker described how Mr Gillibrand, who was standing outside the bar when the incident occurred, fell on some tables, sending glasses smashing to the floor.
Mr Moyes went back inside and a short time later two police officers arrived and spoke to him.
Mr Gillibrand, a joiner, allegedly ended up with a lump on the side of his head and a bruised shoulder but did not need hospital treatment.
Officers from Lancashire Police were interviewing a number of witnesses before making a decision on whether to take the matter further.
A witness, who asked not to give her name until she had spoken to the police, said: “We were at a table outside having a drink when we saw David Moyes walk past this group who were stood outside smoking. Something was said and he just shoved him. The lad fell into some metal tables and one went rolling into the road and cars had to stop. Loads of glasses got smashed and the lad looked like he hurt himself when he fell.”
Peter Brass, 51, who was dining inside when he saw a commotion, added: “I go to the Emporium every night for a meal after work and I was sat at my table. One of the waitresses had pointed out that David Moyes was inside when I arrived. Suddenly I saw two uniformed police officers turn up and approach Mr Moyes’s table, where he was sat with a friend to the right of the front door. They then spoke to him at length.
“The same waitress came over and told me that David Moyes had pushed somebody outside and the lad has overbalanced and glasses have been knocked onto the floor and smashed. She said the lad had been giving Mr Moyes some stick about Manchester United.”
A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “Officers attended the bar at about 10pm on Wednesday and it was reported that a 23-year-old local man had been assaulted by a 51-year-old man. He did not require hospital treatment.
“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.”
A spokesman for the Emporium said: “There was an incident outside the building. However, it did not affect any of our customers or staff and has been dealt with by the police.”
Mr Moyes had earlier had dinner at the Aspinall Arms pub in Clitheroe with Derek Shaw, the managing director of Blackburn Rovers, who was on the board at Preston North End when he managed the team.
“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.”
Mr Moyes had earlier had dinner at the Aspinall Arms pub in Clitheroe with Blackburn Rovers managing director Derek Shaw, who was on the board at Preston North End when he managed the team.
The pair then moved on to the Emporium café/wine bar for a post dinner drink when the incident occurred.
Mr Moyes took over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford last year, but he was sacked after just eight months in charge following the team’s poorest run of form in more than 20 years.