Last Updated: September 19, 2023, 21:10 IST
A 58-year-old Newcastle United fan was in stable condition in hospital after being stabbed in Milan by a group of hooded attackers on the eve of the team’s Champions League game against AC Milan, Italian police said on Tuesday.
The supporter, a British national, was stabbed in the arm and back in the attack in the Navigli district of the city, a canalside area known for its nightlife.
Italian media reports that a 58-year-old man was stabbed three times — once in the back and twice in the arm.
The back wound was the most serious but the victim is expected to be released from the Policlinco hospital in the coming hours, a police spokesperson said.
He was with a friend when a group of seven or eight people, their faces covered by hoods, attacked him at about midnight (2200 GMT) on Monday.
The unnamed British man, who was with a friend, did not suffer life-threatening injuries in Monday’s attack, a police source said.
“The 58-year-old man was approached by a group of people wearing hoods. They injured his arm and back. He was taken to hospital in Milan, which he will be able to leave shortly,” the source said.
In a statement to British media, Newcastle said they were “deeply concerned” with the reports of the stabbing.
“We are liaising with local authorities to understand the circumstances. Our thoughts are with the supporter and their family and we hope for a full and speedy recovery,” the statement added.
Milan declined to comment.
Newcastle face seven-time European Cup winners Milan in Group F at San Siro later on Tuesday. The English side are back in Europe’s top club competition after a 20-year absence.
(With inputs from Agencies)