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Premier League side Newcastle United have said they are “deeply concerned” by reports that a fan was stabbed in Milan on Monday night.
The 58-year-old was apparently attacked by a group of men in the city center ahead of the Magpies’ Champions League clash with AC Milan on Tuesday.
Pictures posted online show a man lying on the ground with his torso covered in blood.
A Newcastle spokesperson said: “We are deeply concerned by reports that a supporter was seriously assaulted in Milan on Monday evening and we are liaising with local authorities to understand the circumstances.
“Our thoughts are with the supporter and his family and we look forward to a full and speedy recovery.”
The man was stabbed twice in the arm and once in the back and was taken to hospital, where his condition was improving, Milano Today reported.
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A Milan police spokesman told the PA news agency: “The incident happened at around midnight in the Navigli neighborhood, which is surrounded by bars.
“A police patrol discovered the incident, which involved seven or eight people wearing hooded sweatshirts. We are still searching for these people.
“A Newcastle supporter, aged 58, suffered two light cuts on his arms and a slightly deeper cut on his back. He was sent to Policlinico Hospital and is expected to be discharged later today.
“DIGOS (Divisioni Investigazioni Generali e Operazioni Speciali), the branch that deals with football supporters, is investigating, but at the moment it is not clear whether it is football related or something else because no symbols were visible. “
sky game Reporter Keith Downie has now spoken to Eddie Mackay’s daughter, who she reveals was stabbed by a group of men in a balaclava last night.
Downey wrote on X: “I have spoken to the family of 58-year-old Newcastle fan Eddie Mackay who was stabbed to death by a group of men in a balaclava last night. His condition is stable after being stabbed on his back and arm. His daughter Rachel said her father wanted to send a message to #NUFC fans here in Milan.
Mackay’s daughter said: “My father is stable but in shock. He is disappointed that he is unable to play the match, but he wants every other Newcastle fan to be aware of this and stay safe. He had just had two knees replaced so when he was being chased he fell and that’s when he was attacked. I’m flying from there.
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