Euro Weekly News apologises for reporting on the death of Peter Whittingham, after respected WalesOnline journalist Terry Phillips reported the death yesterday.
Terry Phillips is a semi-retired and highly respected Welsh journalist, currently working for WalesOnline and Dai Sports – whose editor is Graham Thomas, a former sports broadcaster at BBC Wales.
As the initial report was produced by a respected Welsh journalist, EWN assumed that the source was credible. We were wrong.
Dai Sports have since issued an apology.
Today it has been confirmed that despite these initial false reports, coupled with tribute messages posted across social media, that Peter Whittingham is alive but fighting for his life in hospital.
South Wales Police have confirmed that the former Cardiff City midfielder is in hospital after suffering a ‘head injury’ as a result of an accidental fall at a pub in Barry.
Police have confirmed he is fighting for his life after an incident on the evening of March 7, the same night England played Wales in the Six Nations.
A police statement said: ‘At around 10pm on March 7, South Wales Police were called to a licensed premises in Barry.
‘A 35-year-old man from Penarth suffered a head injury as a result of a fall and remains at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.
‘At this stage there is no evidence or suggestion of a criminal act, and it appears the injury was caused by an accidental fall.
‘Enquiries are continuing into the circumstances of the incident.’
Once again, Euro Weekly News would like apologise for reporting the death of Peter Whittingham. We will be closely following the situation for updates and will only report news from reliable sources.
We are wishing that Peter Whittingham pulls though and recovers from his injuries.