Eye witness: Moyes ‘scuffle’ was ‘blown out of proportion’

David Moyes
David Moyes

A Clitheroe man who says he witnessed a scuffle involving former Manchester United manager David Moyes and his friends says the incident has been blown out of proportion.

The 26-year-old was in the Emporium wine bar, Moor Lane, on Wednesday evening when a scuffle broke out outside between a man, thought to be a friend of Moyes, and a group of four people.

He said: “I was in the Emporium having a drink with a friend when we noticed David Moyes in the next lounge with three other men.

“They’d been there for a couple of hours having a drink and seemed to be enjoying themselves.

“Around 10pm one of the men went outside, perhaps for a cigarette, when he became involved in a heated argument. A table was knocked over, but that was about as serious as it got.

“David Moyes and the others went outside to see what was happening and the police arrived incredibly quickly.

“The group involved in the scuffle seemed to be in their 20s. I don’t know what was said, but it obviously caused some offence.”

Lancashire Constabulary today issued a statement saying officers were working through “a number of differing accounts” of the incident and speaking to a number of people to ascertain the circumstances. No arrests have been made.

The statement went on: “Officers attended the bar about 10pm on Wednesday and it was reported a 23-year-old local man had been assaulted by a 51-year-old man. He did not require hospital treatment.

The 51-year-old Scot, appointed to replace Sir Alex Ferguson, was sacked as manager of Manchester United in April following a disastrous 10 months in charge.