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Footballer fights for life after assault as family raise money for flights

Footballer Danny Hodgson is fighting for his life in a coma in Perth, Australia after being the victim of an unprovoked assault on Saturday afternoon.

Hodgson, who plays for ECU Joondalup, was attacked from behind at Perth train station and suffered multiple head injuries as a result of the incident.

Perth police have confirmed that a 15-year-old was arrested on Tuesday and has been charged with grievous bodily harm, they will appear at Perth Children's Court on September 22.

The family of Hodgson, who is from Cumbria, are now pleading for help from the public to help them travel to Perth.

25-year-old Hodgson had been out with his team-mates on Saturday following their final match of the season when he was attacked.

He was immediately taken to hospital for emergency surgery after he suffered multiple head injuries as a result of the assault.

Having arrived at hospital, his condition worsened and he has now been placed into an induced coma.

Originally from Cumbria, Hodgson spent time at Carlisle United as a teenager before moving to Perth at the age of 18.

He won the NPL Western Australia golden boot in 2020 as Joondalup won the league thanks to his goals.

His mother has taken to Facebook to ask for help with securing two tickets on a flight to Perth to be with her injured son with the post being shared over 7,000 times already.

Nicola Hodgson and her husband have already been granted a three-month tourist visa and exemption from quarantine upon their arrival in Australia.

However, they have so far been unable to find an airline that can accommodate them on a flight to Perth.

In a post on Facebook, Nicola Hodgson wrote: "We are obviously distraught with what's happened to our son and are trying desperately to fly to Perth to be by his bedside.

"We are desperate to be with Danny by his bedside that's why we are reaching out to everyone on social media to see if there is anyone out there whether they're in the airline industry, MP or someone who has been in a similar situation that can offer some possible advice or can help then please reach out to us as we need to be with him.

"Danny is full of life and has a heart of gold, he is the most kind, gentle and positive person I know who has a passion for life and football."

The post has also been shared on Twitter and Premier League goalkeepers Dean Henderson and Scott Carson both shared Nicola's plea for help to their combined 503,000 followers.

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