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Undercover reporter Donal MacIntyre and his wife were viciously attacked by friends of a football hooligan - even though he told them his wife had a brain tumour.

The four smartly-dressed thugs set upon the couple in a Surrey wine bar and even punched the Dancing On Ice star's wife in the face, arms and legs.

MacIntyre said he spoke to the men and asked them to leave them alone while they had a quiet drink before Ameera De La Rose's brain scan the following morning.

article-1194108-0563693D000005DC-247_468x535.jpg Revenge attack: Donal MacIntyre and wife Ameera at a charity event for Great Ormond Street on the night of the assault

'They were giving us verbal abuse and I asked them to give us break. I said we were having a quiet drink before Ameera goes into hospital for a brain scan.

'She was due to go in on Thursday morning. I told them she has a brain tumour but we didn't even finish our drink before I was attacked.

'I can take the slings and arrows that come with the job but when it involves my wife or my family it is very traumatic. She is extremely distressed.'

MacIntyre, 43, who has two young children, was punched to the ground by the men leaving him with a black eye, cut face and concussion.

His wife, 32, who has a tumour on the pituitary gland in the brain, suffered bruising to her face, arms and legs as she tried to protect her husband.

The couple had been enjoying a quick drink in Cloud 9 wine bar in Hampton Court after presenting an award at a Mencap event in Camden and having dinner with family in West London.

MacIntyre said his attack was linked to the prosecution of the notorious Chelsea Headhunters gang.

article-1194108-0021A33700000258-608_468x355.jpg Football hooligan Jason Marriner was filmed for MacIntyre Undercover in 1999

In 1999, he filmed them planning an attack on rival fans after posing as a drug-dealing Ulster loyalist to infiltrate the gang.

His exposé on BBC documentary MacIntyre Undercover led to the convictions of five men the following year.

Today he said he had been attacked not because he was TV journalist but because he had been a key witness in the prosecution of the Chelsea Headhunter Jason Marriner.

He has had death and kidnapping threats and been assaulted in the past and had his car trashed and said he has had to move house many times.

And he said he was now considering moving house again.

'I have moved house many, many times,' he said. 'After Wednesday's attack, it might require another review and we might have to take action again.

'I was attacked because I was a Crown Prosecution witness in the hooligans trials and this highlights the problem with witness intimidation. I really pleased the police are taking this seriously. It sends a message out that they will prosecute when those who give evidence are intimidated.'

Police said a 48-year-old man from Addlestone, Surrey was arrested and quizzed on suspicion of assault.

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Jesus, thats awful. I havent watched his show yet, but I definitely will check his documentary out.

To be honest, I cant believe he still lives in Britain. I would think after that show came out he would consider leaving the country for his full time residence. Hope he and his wife are alright, and that whoever is responsible gets caught

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Saw the documentary a few years ago. Remember him driving around England with a rented Mercedes with Marriner and Andy 'Nightmare' Frain in the back seat. Everyone who knows about Jason Marriner also knows that he holds a strong grudge against MacIntyre, so I'm not suprised about the attack. But these kind of stories are never pleasant to hear about and I sincerly hope all is well with both Donal and his mrs.

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the fact is they got f**k all on jason not once did they get any violence footage of him are andy frain. ffair enough they where active in the hooligan game but where was the proof macintyre was suppose to have gotten. bit said how they lefted him get so close to the headhunters. in the docementry they where at a game that was called i was at it to it was aston villa got rained off i was pissed travelled over from ireland for it good weekend all the same. we bet them 2-1

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I saw the programme when it was originally aired on tv.

What I'd be interested to know is what the catalyst was which made him decide to investigate CHELSEA "hooligans" as opposed to those of any other club, and these 2 characters in particular.

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It doesn't really matter though, whatever the club whatever it's country.. the less football hooligans the better. You go too watch a match for the football. Sure it's good to have banter with other fans but with everything there is a line and it shouldn't be crossed. MacIntrye was brave for going undercover and to have his wife injured by hooligans just shows what scum they really are. It's a shame that they are associated with Chelsea.

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I saw the programme when it was originally aired on tv.

What I'd be interested to know is what the catalyst was which made him decide to investigate CHELSEA "hooligans" as opposed to those of any other club, and these 2 characters in particular.

I do share this view too, why chelsea, it has just linked Chelsea to these people for eveyone to see. Remember this documentary, it was nearly 10 years ago and apart from this attack on Donal which maybe from supporters of Jason Marriner is unrelated to the current day Chelsea support.

I have seen a lot worse from other clubs over the years, the worst abuse I have experienced is from the lovely scousers for example.. never linked with football holliganism documentaries as far as I am aware? Even remember Hysell when all the news footage actually used library footage of Chelsea hooligans using lines such as "it is because of football hooligans like these"

We should distance ourselves from this, it is hard because if say the club was to release official statments it will just open a can of worms. We as fans should forever distance ourselves from it whenever possible... on the whole I think we do a good job already :P

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