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18 March 2020 12:34

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Former Cardiff City midfielder Peter Whittingham is in hospital fighting for his life. South Wales Police have confirmed Whittingham is in hospital, responding to speculation spread on social media that the 35-year-old had passed away by confirming he is alive and in a critical condition. Whittingham sustained injuries after an "accidental fall" at a pub in Barry on 7 March. Download the new Independent Premium app Sharing the full story, not just the headlines A police statement read:"At around 10pm on March 7, South Wales Police were called to a licensed premises in Barry," a statement read. Whittingham, who began his career with Aston Villa, retired from the game in 2018, following a spell with Blackburn Rovers.

Whittingham made 457 appearances for the Blue Birds across 11 seasons, scoring 96 goals. A £350,000 signing from Villa in 2007, Whittingham also made 17 appearances for England Under-21s. He also made had loan spells with Burnley and Derby County over the course of his 15 years as a professional.​ Sign up to FREE email alerts from Mirror - football Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Cardiff City legend Peter Whittingham is fighting for his life in hospital. South Wales Police confirmed the former Bluebirds midfielder, 35, is alive after rumours of his death spread on social media. Police were unable to give further details, but it is understood that Whittingham is in critical condition in Cardiff's Heath Hospital.

Whittingham's wife Amanda is currently pregnant. Whittingham came through the ranks at Aston Villa, where he won the FA Youth Cup in 2002 prior to a Premier League debut a year later. (Image: Action Images) He won his first of 17 England under-21 caps in 2004 prior to loan spells at Burnley and Derby County, but it was at Cardiff where he really hit his stride following a move to the Welsh capital in 2007. Whittingham led the Bluebirds to the Premier League for the first time in 2013 and also helped them to the FA Cup final in 2008 and League Cup final in 2012. He left the club in 2017 for Blackburn Rovers, where he made 20 appearances.

Sign up to FREE email alerts from Daily Star - Football Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Cardiff City hero and ex-England Under-21 international winger Peter Whittingham is fighting for his life in hospital after suffering head injuries from a fall. Reports on social media last night had indicated the former footballer, who rose up through the youth ranks at Aston Villa before going on to build a top career at Cardiff, had passed away aged 35. On Wednesday South Wales Police confirmed he is alive but were unable to give further details, but it is understood that Whittingham is in critical condition in Cardiff's Heath Hospital. A police statement read: "At around 10pm on March 7, we 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. (Image: GETTY) "Enquiries are continuing into the circumstances of the incident." Ex-Bluebird team-mate Michael Chopra posted on Tuesday night: "Absolutely devastated to hear about my old team-mate Whitts, what a legend you are. "I had some special memories with you and can't thank you enough for what you did on and off the pitch for me. "So sad to lose you mate at such a young age, my deepest condolence to the family. RIP Whitts." Meanwhile, Speedway star Phil Morris posted: "With all the sad news around us. "Some more tragic news that Cardiff City legend Peter Whittingham has lost his fight for life while in intensive care following a bad fall at home. "35 years is way to young to be gone. Thoughts and Deepest condolences to his family." Whittingham started his career at Villa, where he played over 50 league games and won 17 England Under-21 caps. But it was the Welsh outfit where he made a name for himself after joining Cardiff for £350,000 in 2007 He established himself as a club legend with 459 appearances and 98 goals in all competitions before leaving in 2017.