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American basketball player attacked in Poland, injured in the eye socket

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An American basketball player for a Polish professional women’s club was beaten and left with a…

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An American basketball player for a Polish professional women’s club was beaten and injured in the head midweek. The attacker was later arrested, according to officials and reports in Polish media on Sunday.

Mikayla Cowling, who plays for VBW Arka Gdynia, was attacked Wednesday night at a music club in the northern Polish city of Gdansk, according to RMF FM, which also cited the club as saying the “brutal beatings » had left him with a fracture. orbit, among other injuries.

Gdansk is a neighboring city to Gdynia on the Baltic coast.

“I am outraged that such a shameful situation has occurred. Violence and aggression are unacceptable and must be fought,” Gdynia Mayor Wojciech Szczurek said on Sunday on X, the former Twitter platform. “Fortunately, the police quickly arrested the attacker. We wish the player good health!

The attack occurred after a women’s EuroCup match where the Gdynia team beat Swiss rival BCF Elfic Fribourg, 77-47.

The president of the Gdynia club, Boguslaw Witkowski, said in an interview with Polish news agency PAP that the player was attacked near the women’s toilet by a security guard.

Cowling was hit several times in the head and when she fell she was also kicked. The most serious injury was to the face and the athlete suffered a fractured orbital bone, he said. He added that she was at home under observation and would undergo further testing next week.

PAP also cited a police spokesperson who said the attacker, a 48-year-old man, was arrested on Friday.

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