Newcastle Utd star Ciaran Clark is attacked in Magaluf nightclub

Newcastle Utd star Ciaran Clark is attacked in Magaluf nightclub after his friend is involved in a brawl sparked by men flirting with their girlfriends

Newcastle United star Ciaran Clark was attacked in anightclub after his friend was involved in a brawl sparked by men flirting with their girlfriends, it has emerged.

The defender is said to have been injured after stepping in to help his friend who had allegedly been hit over the head with a bottle at Crystal‘s Bar in the resort on the Spanish holiday island of Majorca.

The pair recovered after being treated in hospital while a man arrested over the double assault was freed on bail after appearing in court.

Initial reports were that Harrow-born Clark, who played for England up to U20 level before switching to the Republic of Ireland, had been knocked unconscious with a punch to the face.

Police confirmed he had suffered a lip injury, but said they could not confirm he had been knocked out and revealed he had gone to hospital himself in a taxi while his friend was taken away by ambulance.

Hospital sources confirmed Clark had been treated in A&E at Son Espases Hospital in the Majorcan capital Palma, but had not been admitted to hospital.

He is thought to have had stitches to a lip wound, although there was no immediate confirmation today.

The whereabouts of his friend, thought to be 31 and named locally only by his first name and initials Adam J.S, is not known.

Police sources said he was stopped after being spotted running along Magaluf‘s notorious party strip Punta Ballena with his shirt off and blood coming from a head wound, around 2am on Sunday morning.

A bouncer at Crystal‘s, the bar where the incident took place, told them he had kicked all the men involved in the altercation out of the nightspot.

The source said a woman who identified herself as Mr Clark‘s girlfriend told them the violence flared after a man among another group of holidaymakers the alleged aggressor was with started bothering them on the dance floor.

‘She said the footballer‘s friend got upset because one of the men was trying to flirt with them and punched him and one of the men‘s pals reacted by hitting him over the head with a bottle,‘ the source revealed.

‘She said Ciaran was hurt as he tried to protect his friend.

‘The men the alleged attacker was with had been tracked down by this time to a street nearby where they were outside a disco and the arrest was made once the woman identified as Ciaran‘s girlfriend gave them a description of his attacker.‘

A spokesman for Calvia Town Hall, which covers the Magaluf area, confirmed: ‘Local police arrested a 32-year-old British man on suspicion of two assaults.

‘He was handed over to the Civil Guard the same night so he could be taken to court.

‘Both men who were hurt were attended by medical staff. They were both British.

‘One was taken to hospital by ambulance and the other said he didn‘t require an ambulance transfer to hospital and made his own way to Son Espases Hospital in a taxi.

‘It will be up to the local courts now to determine the possible criminal responsibility of those involved in this incident but only one man has been arrested and is currently being investigated as a suspect.‘

The footballers and their partners are understood to have been staying at Pure Salt Port Adriano, a luxury hotel on the road to the resort of Santa Ponsa.

The man arrested by police was staying at a hotel in Magaluf.

Court officials were not available today to confirm local reports he had been released on bail and detail the conditions attached to his release.

Police sources said a man in the group the suspect was with also claimed he had been bottled – but suffered only slight bruising to his cheek and a small lip injury.

The man held by police on suspicion of wounding Mr Clark has not been formally charged with any offence as is normal in Spain where charges are only laid shortly before trial.

Local paper Ultima Hora said the suspect claimed he punched a man on the nose after being attacked by someone who grabbed hold of him and injured him as he was on the dance floor with his mobile phone in his hand – but insisted to police that man was not footballer Ciaran Clark.

Health sources on Majorca confirmed: ‘A British man injured during an incident in Magaluf in the early hours of Sunday morning was treated in A&E at Son Espouses but was not admitted to hospital.‘

No information about the footballer‘s friend could be obtained.

Crystal‘s Bar brags of being the biggest and best bar on Magaluf‘s infamous party strip Punta Ballena.

It is popular with sports fans as well as stag do and hen night revellers.

It shows live sport during the day and British DJs pump out music till the early hours after nightfall.

A social media plug for the bar says: ‘There‘s plenty of choice for groups and the giant fishbowls are a great way to get your night started. For those happy to splash the cash ask for a deal on the five litre bottles of Grey Goose!

‘All live sport is shown on one of their 14 screens with up to 5 matches being shown at any one time.‘

Ciaran Clark‘s immediate whereabouts was unclear this morning. He has made no mention of the incident on his Twitter site.

The footballer was born in Harrow, north west London.

He appeared 19 times for England at under 17 to under 20 level before switching to the senior Republic of Ireland side where he has made 29 appearances and scored two goals.

Before signing for Newcastle, he was at Aston Villa.