A RUGBY league player is being treated for septicemia after being stabbed at a Batley nightclub.
Batley Bulldogs’ Dane Manning was attacked after trying to help a friend at Chapo’s nightclub on Bradford Road in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Police were called to the incident at around 2.50am, and three people were treated for stab wounds.
The 28-year-old second-rower, who has played for Batley since 2016, had been out drinking for the evening when an argument broke out inside the club.
A witness at the scene, who did not want to be named, claimed that there were at least six suspects who followed Mr Manning’s friend outside where he was stabbed.
That was when Mr Manning allegedly stepped in and tried to stop the assault.
The witness said: “They were all shouting ‘shank them, shank them.’
“There were at least six of the other lads. Dane just went in to help his friend.”
The witness then tried to pull him away from the attack.
Mr Manning, of Hanging Heaton, received a deep stab wound on the left-hand side of his back, just underneath his shoulder blade.
He had the wound stitched up but was then forced to go to hospital again after developing septicemia when it got infected. He was transferred to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield where he was operated on, and is currently recuperating at home.
The witness said that Mr Manning is “quite poorly” but that the attack could have been a lot worse.
She said that the staff at the Bulldogs, including head coach Matt Diskin and assistant coach Danny Maun, have been very supportive following the incident.
Mr Manning’s friend, who did not want to be named, has been treated for wounds to his legs while another man who was stabbed is also in a stable condition.
Police officers arrested a 26-year-old man at the scene on suspicion of wounding with intent, but he has been released pending further investigation.
Detectives are still appealing for witnesses following the attack.
DI Mark Catney of Kirklees CID said: “Enquiries are ongoing to determine the circumstances of what took place and we are appealing for witnesses, particularly anyone who saw the incident inside the club or the victims or suspect outside in the immediate aftermath.
“Anyone who has information is asked to contact Kirklees CID on 101 referencing crime number 13180102578.”