Last Thursday, the IPCC announced the officers were “under criminal investigation” and that as part of its inquiry the officers had also been served with gross misconduct notices.
Coroner John Ellery adjourned the inquest for three months saying: “It is subject to review pending completion of the IPCC investigation, which I am told will take nine months.”
Mr Atkinson was a top-flight striker in the 1990s, starting his career at Ipswich before playing for Sheffield Wednesday, Spanish side Real Sociedad and Aston Villa.
He scored 23 goals in 85 appearances for the Birmingham side between 1991 and 1995 and is best remembered for the Match of the Day goal of the season in the 1992-93 campaign – the inaugural Premier League season.
Memorably, the Villa star dribbled the ball from inside his own half before chipping the Wimbledon keeper from the edge of the area.