Ex-Sunderland striker Anthony Stokes is involved in an investigation over an attack on an Elvis impersonator.
Tribute act Anthony Bradley says he was attacked “out of nowhere” in a Dublin nightclub by a man who other clubgoers later told him was 24-year-old Stokes.
He said he was left with a bust nose and three broken teeth.
Stokes has not been officially named by police, who said only that the incident involved a footballer who plays with a club in the UK and has also played at international level for the Republic of Ireland.
Gardai said the attack took place at Buck Whaley’s on Leeson Street.
Officers were not called to the scene at the time of the alleged assault and the injured man only reported the incident yesterday afternoon after leaving hospital.
The alleged attack took place inside the nightclub, a Garda spokesman said.
It is understood the player was ejected from the club.
Gardai said the alleged victim walked into Pearse Street Garda station in Dublin city centre yesterday afternoon and made a complaint against the player.
Investigating officers have not yet spoken to the footballer.
“We have taken a comprehensive statement from the victim. It is alleged that it was an unprovoked attack,” a Garda source said.
“We are treating this very seriously. No grass will be allowed to grow under this one.”
It is understood the two men do not know each other.
Gardai are expected to examine CCTV from the nightclub and take statements from witnesses and staff as part of the investigation.
Bradley, 49, has been discharged from hospital after having his nose reset and is now recovering at home.
A Celtic spokesman said: “We believe the police are carrying out an investigation. We would, therefore, not be able to make any comment at this stage.
“However, when that investigation is complete, we will conduct our own inquiry into the matter.”