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Yob attack footballer hoping to come home

PUBLISHED: 15:21 10 September 2008 | UPDATED: 09:37 12 August 2010

Road to recovery: Rob Hughes

Road to recovery: Rob Hughes

THE family of a footballer left for dead in Greece after a brutal attack are hoping to bring him home this weekend. Rob Hughes, 28, was bottled and had his head stamped on by five yobs on June 17 while on holiday in the popular holiday resort Malia, Cre

THE family of a footballer left for dead in Greece after a brutal attack are hoping to bring him home this weekend.

Rob Hughes, 28, was bottled and had his head stamped on by five yobs on June 17 while on holiday in the popular holiday resort Malia, Crete.

His attackers were allowed to leave the island because of a loophole in Greek law.

Meanwhile, Mr Hughes has had four lifesaving operations, hundreds of stitches, is blind in one eye and has been left with half his skull missing.

Three months later, his family are praying that he will finally be able to leave Crete to attend a benefit football match organised by friends at Bromley Football Club, the team he was due to join before the attack.

His mother, Maggie Hughes, said: "It would be fantastic if we could get him home. It would mean so much to him."

Mr Hughes left hospital earlier this month but still has a pressure sore on the back of his head which doctors are keeping a close eye on before letting him fly home.

Mrs Hughes added: "He is still forgetful and childlike. He gets very emotional, but we are taking it one day at a time. He had his stitches out on Tuesday which he was very excited about.

"He went to say bye to the nurses in intensive care who looked after him. They call him the miracle boy because he shouldn't be here after what those yobs did to him."

Last week the family were devastated by sickening jibes seemingly left on the Facebook page of one of the suspects, who can't be named for legal reasons.

Mrs Hughes said: "It was a picture of someone lying in a hospital bed with the words 'she's not dead yet' written underneath it, which we think was meant to be Robbie.

"Another was a photo of one pretending to be in a hospital bed which is a bit weird, don't you think, considering they have just got back from holiday? They are sick."

Now the family are putting all their efforts into bringing Mr Hughes' attackers before the Greek courts.

Mrs Hughes said: "Legally, things are moving. In Greek crimes, you have to wait for it to be categorised and that is what we're waiting for.

"I only have two hopes as a mother and they are getting Robbie home and getting justice for him."

The football match between a Legends XI and Bromley XI is due to be held at Bromley Football Club in Hayes Lane on September 21. Entrance is by donation and kick-off time is 2pm. Full details of line-ups will be posted on www.bromleyfootballclub.co.uk shortly.

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