Exchange student says he was attacked by Winthrop soccer players

Exchange student says he was attacked by Winthrop soccer players

ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) - A French exchange student at Winthrop University claims he was beaten by several members of the school's soccer team during an incident off campus over the weekend.

According to a Rock Hill police report, the 23-year-old went to Winthrop campus police Monday to report the attack.

He told officers he was "hanging out with a friend" at a home along Camden Avenue when he heard someone say members of the university's soccer team were on their way to the home "to settle a dispute."

He told officers that he went outside to "avoid the conflict" when a group arrived and confronted him behind the home.

The man told police that he "attempted to diffuse the situation," but was attacked by several people and severely beaten.

According to the report, the exchange student had a black eye, abrasions on both sides of his face, two possible broken fingers and abrasions on his foot.

Winthrop Police showed him a photo and the student was able to identify one of his attackers, according to Rock Hill police.

"Winthrop Athletics is aware that an investigation involving Winthrop student-athletes is being conducted by Rock Hill Police into an off-campus incident that occurred this past weekend," Jack D. Frost, assistant athletics for media relations told WBTV.

"Winthrop takes these matters seriously. Once the investigation is completed its findings will be forwarded to the Dean of Students office for review," Frost continued. "Furthermore, if it is determined that student-athletes were involved, these students may then be subject to disciplinary action by the head coach and/or athletic director."

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