A 58-year-old Newcastle United supporter, who is a British national, is in stable condition at a hospital after being attacked by a group of hooded assailants in Milan on the eve of the team’s Champions League match against AC Milan, as reported by Italian police on Tuesday.
The attack occurred in the Navigli district of the city, a popular canalside area known for its nightlife. The fan suffered stab wounds to the arm and back, with the back injury being the more severe.
However, the victim is expected to be discharged from the Policlinco hospital within the next few hours, according to a police spokesperson.
The incident took place while the victim was with a friend, and it involved a group of seven or eight individuals wearing hoods and concealing their faces.
Newcastle United expressed their deep concern over the reports of the stabbing in a statement provided to the British media.
“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 has not provided any comment on the matter.
Newcastle is set to confront Milan, the seven-time European Cup winners, in Group F at the San Siro later on Tuesday. This marks the English side’s return to Europe’s premier club competition after an absence of 20 years.