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Crete footballer attack case accused return to UK

The men accused of attacking Robert Hughes in Crete
Image caption The men were allowed to return home after being granted bail at a Crete court

Five men accused of attacking a footballer outside a Crete nightclub have flown back to the UK.

The men, from Surrey and Sussex, were extradited to Greece last week and arrived at Gatwick Airport earlier.

All five deny stabbing ex-Oxford United player Robert Hughes, 28, of Croydon, in 2008.

They were allowed to leave Crete after being bailed by a court on the island and depositing sureties of between €3,000 (£2,480) and €12,000 (£9,921).

Mr Hughes was left in a coma and had to undergo three life-saving brain operations following an attack.

Image caption Robert Hughes before the incident - and recovering afterwards

A trial is not expected to take place until at least 2011.

Ben Herdman, 20, from Worth, West Sussex, George Hollands, 22, from Reigate, Surrey, and Curtis Taylor, Daniel Bell and Sean Branton, all 20 and from Horley in Surrey, were extradited to Greece last week.

The men were detained under European arrest warrants in December after declining an offer to return voluntarily to Greece.

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