Footballer turned bouncer arrested in Kings Cross

Known for his rather dirty antics during his time on the football field, former Manly star John Hopoate has had anything but a smooth career, and now, it seems like it might only get worse.

John Hopoate has allegedly been charged following an assault that took place at 11pm last night in Kings Cross.

Police said that at around 11 pm, three men made attempts to enter the Trademark Hotel on Bayswater Road, but were denied entry by door security, due to the alleged intoxication of the three men.

After being denied entry, it was alleged that one of the men made threats towards the security guards, which resulted in the bouncers chasing after the men, resulting in a fight.

As a result of the chase and the fight, a 33-year old man was severely injured suffering serious head injuries in which he underwent surgery for, and remains in a critical condition in hospital.

‘‘Unfortunately he has had to undergo brain surgery as a result of an assault up at Kings Cross,’’ Deputy Commissioner Dave Owens told reporters on Sunday.

Owens said that a 36-year-old bouncer was the man charged with the incident, and was arrested early on Sunday morning.

Hopoate, who is suspected to the person of interest in the case, was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray, relating to the assault of a 27-year-old man.

He was granted bail and is set to face Downing Local Court on January 11.

Other nightclub staff have been assisting police with the ongoing investigation as the validity of whether or not Hopoate was involved is confirmed.

Hopoate is most famous for his infamous maneuver of sticking his finger up the private parts of an opposition player.

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